Since moving to Vietnam in 2012 Jack has been featured in many local and international art magazines and publications for his art and his workshops. Look below for a small example of some of his recent mentions.
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Asia Life - September 2018
Vietnam Oi - August 2018
Jack Clayton is an illustrator / printmaker from London who specialises in the medium of woodcut printmaking. He relief prints his blocks by hand and often uses the reduction method, as well as water colour painting to add multiple layers of colour from a single block of wood. Whilst studying for his degree in Graphic Arts and design at Leeds Metropolitan University he was introduced to the art of woodcut for the first time in his final year before graduating in 2009.
In 2010 he left the UK and spent 2 years travelling and working around Australia before venturing over to South East Asia. Whilst in Australia he drew inspiration from the indigenous art of Northern Australia, particularly around Kakadu national park where he lived and worked as well as the urban melting pot of Melbourne which became a second home. Finally, residing in Ho Chi Minh City after an extensive trip around South East Asia he has been creating art inspired by his new environment ever since.
His main body of work has been looking at modern Vietnamese culture and traditions he experiences whilst living in Ho Chi Minh City, illustrating them for himself and others to gain a better understanding of the environment around them. His recent series ‘Streets of Vietnam’ is ongoing and draws inspiration from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hoi An. Popular sights such as street sellers, children’s games, cafes, drinking culture expressions and sayings all play apart with an aesthetic quality drawing inspiration from traditionally hand painted shop signs, geometric floor tiles and many others.
Woodcut printmaking has been Jack's main medium for the past 10 years but he also creates complex, detailed illustrations based on entire cities. Since living in Vietnam he has travelled to the specialist Dong Ho Painting villages in the north and tries to include locally sourced / made materials where possible. He also takes great inspiration from Japanese ukiyo-e and German expressionist prints.
‘I see myself predominantly as a woodcut printmaker who focuses on experimentation to create unique and eye-catching work. I enjoy mixing the inks to create my own blends of colour and utilising different carving methods in order to move away from the traditional aesthetic. My work is usually character based and I enjoy breaking these figures down whilst finding forms and natural patterns to manipulate and create illusions that trick the eye.’
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October 2021 - VTV4 - Artist feature - When in Vietnam / Documentary
NETVIET VTC10 feature episode June 2020
January 2021 - BLOQ Lifestyle Village, District 2, HCMC
From Brick Lane to Saigon
Solo show of woodcut prints and illustrations specifically from his London series inspired by Brick Lane street.
January 2021 - BLOQ Lifestyle Village, D2, HCMC
Temporal Reflections - Group show with Spectrum Collective
Common 9 Gallery, District 1 Saigon - June - July 2020
Duo show with Mike Hern which was featured on VTC10 national TV in their 'sharing Vietnam' documentary.
August 2019 - Seoul Night Gallery - District 1 Saigon
Spectrum Vol 2
The second instalment of 'Spectrum' art show where local creatives exhibit current works to the local scene.
January2019 - March Gallery, Hoi An + the Anantara Hotel.
Stamps in Time / Solo exhibition
A new series of woodcuts and illustrations based around the ancient town of Hoi An. These were only designed to be on display for 1 month but due to popularity the exhibit got extended for 3 months and there are still some that were left for permanent display.
March 2019 - Noirfoto D2 Saigon
Spectrum Volume 1 - Group Show
Solo Exhibition - Soma District 2, Ho Chi Minh City - January 2018
'Streets of Vietnam'
A collection of woodcuts and illustrations inspired by street culture in Vietnam.
Solo Exhibition - Decibel D1, HCMC - October 2015
A collection of work from past to present.
Group Show - Atom Gallery, London - September 2015
Group show - Decibel, D1, HCMC November 2014
Duo show with Pat Bradbury
Group show - Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne 2011
'Impress me' Large group show of local + international printmakers.
Asia Life Magazine September 2018
Vietnam Oi August 2018
Asia Life feature 2016 about my workshops