AND I WILL GROW FROM THIS
Opening with artist on Wednesday 2 November from 6pm.
To be officially opened by Mayor of Lane Cove, Cr Deborah Hutchens
Martin Claydon is a Sydney-based artist often exploring power structures and belief systems. Religion, philosophy, conflict, gender are topics that are often processed through his work. While his paintings provide a sense of reorientation through the human condition, a fragmented language of images provides touch stones in an otherwise disjunctive, saturated visual world. Claydon is influenced by the politically charged, social realism and the gruesome figuration of the Chicago ‘Monster Roster’ in the 1960s, with artists such as Leon Golub and Nancy Spero.
Claydons' practice sources material from the internet, commercial media outlets, everyday experience and observation. In more recent times he has considered new material and media to convey his ideas. Claydon uses materials used in construction and industry like the tarpaulin, whilst his sewn works on fleece question gender patterns.
Moving on from solo shows, Paragons of Virtue and What Becomes of Little Boys. And I Will Grow From This, is a concentrated exploration into masculinity. The exhibition provides a look into several bodies of work by Claydon, with a focus on this common theme. There is a considerable virility in the work, yet a considered approach presses concerns about how we raise our boys and the ugly pressures behind masculinity. And I Will Grow From This, directs light on some of the confusion, expectation and anxiety surrounding the macho characteristic. It is in this context Claydon creates internal and external conflict between aggression and compassion. Claydon sees his practice as a means of reflecting on his own experience in the world. The viewer is challenged to consider their significance in their own surroundings and the possibility of the artist as the journalist.
Martin Claydon was born in England, emigrating to Australia in 2002. His degree in Fine Arts consisted of stints at the See Street Gallery School, Middlesex University London and the National Art School, where he completed his BFA (painting) in 2013. His work is held in public and private collections in both England and Australia, including the Sydney Town Hall archive and Lane Cove Council Chambers archive. In August 2015 he was awarded the Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Prize, in September 2015 the Hawkesbury Art Prize Commended Award and in December 2015 he was a finalist in the M16 Drawing Prize. Exhibiting at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney in January 2016, and M16 Artspace, Canberra in August 2016.
. It is often a political statement, a scientific study, exploration of dreams, expression of emotions, a platform for telling stories, presenting research, displaying religious and cultural traditions, a process or experiment and much more.