Selden Gallery 2012 “Art of African American Artists” curated by Maizelle
Offsite Gallery 2018 “Art Educators Exhibition”
“My artwork is about our abilities to create our own stories. Layering and juxtaposition are central to my treatment of appropriated vintage photos, wall papers, and texts. I’m drawn to the narratives of the people in the photos because their captured experiences parallel my own. I create “blended” narratives developed from various contexts that shape and shift identity. The repetition of Adinkra symbols, fragments of wall paper, flowers and text create a density reflective of circumstances.
Defining Beauty is a term I use identifying abstract roles used to actively describe and forge “selves.” These paintings on seemingly decorative backgrounds leave spaces to be filled in by the addition, subtraction, leaving and retrieving necessary to define an “individual-self.” Revealing the emotional process choreographed by contemporary society, my work echoes opportunities and moments in life that urge us forward and continue to inspire each of us to define our own beauty through living.”
Regent University Masters in Education
Virginia Wesleyan College Bachelor’s of Art and Certification
Clayton has been a teacher with Norfolk Public Schools since 1994. He has received teacher of the year at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He served on the school senate, the summer collegial team and as teacher mentor to new teachers as well as cooperating teacher for student teachers at the high school level. He’s taught summer camps at the YMCA and d’Art Center and has conducted workshops for the Autism Society of Tidewater, Park Place Child Life Center and the Panasonic Foundation.