Claydons body of art encompasses sculpture, painting, video and performance. It explores the cultural histories and narratives acquired by objects and artworks over time, which is often at dramatic odds with their original values or functions. His art is concerned with the disjunction between the essential materiality of objects and their ascribed meanings or connotations. By introducing new references, juxtapositions, and ideas to objects or environments heavy with their own architectural and cultural histories, Claydons works function beyond their immediate aestheticism to interrogate notions of belonging and displacement, and of temporality and permanence.
Claydon graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art & Design (1991) and an MA from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (1997) (both London). He was shortlisted for the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize in 2016. In 2015 he and Martin Clark curated The Noing Uv It at Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen, Norway) and in 2007 he curated the exhibition Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring (Camden Arts Center). Apart from being a painter, Claydon is also a musician. He was a member of the now defunct electronica band Add N to (X).
He has performed and shown work internationally in exhibitions held at some of the most important contemporary art venues, including Tate Modern in London, Art Basel in Switzerland, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf and Portikus in Frankfurt am Main. Some of his most famous shows are: The Gilded Bough, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2016); Analogues, Methods, Monsters, Machines, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève (2015); The Fictional Pixel and The Ancient Set, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2015); Culpable Earth, Firstsite, Colchester, UK (2012); Mon Plaisir ... Votre Travail, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2011); Golden Times, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2010); and The Ancient Set and The Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London (2008).