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by Clayton Junior
13 September – 17 December 2016
Author and illustrator Clayton Junior offered a fresh and striking exhibition that presented a lively journey of colour linked to visual narrative. Drawn from a wide range of children’s books, comics and magazines, the artworks on display told colourful and playful stories.
Colour Wheel explored the dynamic role of colour on the artist’s process – often a kind of game, where the rules are set by the contrast between colours and tones, creating lively visual forms and evocative mood.
Headlining the exhibition were prints taken from Clayton’s first two children’s books, Free the Lines and Alone Together, published by Words & Pictures (Quarto) in September 2016. The first, in a simple arresting blue and white colour palate, depicted an environmental story of a small boat and an industrial fishing trawler; the second explored opposites through unusual and humorous animal illustrations.
The exhibition also featured originals and prints from his stunning comic book work and a preview of pages from his first graphic novel, Wild Thing, to be published by Éditions Sarbacane (France) in 2017.
Originally from Curitiba, in south Brazil, where he studied printmaking and visual arts, Clayton moved to London in 2007, later studying for an M.A. at the Camberwell College of Art. He now lives locally to Half Moon and works a few minutes’ walk away at Cable Street Studios. Find out more at: www.claytonjunior.com