Barrie, ON

Clayton Samuel King

Individual Artist

Artist Biography

This emerging artist graduated in April 2010 with a Fine Art Advanced Diploma from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Clayton has painted predominantly with acrylics, but works with other mediums like photography, sculpture, graphite, traditional First Nation's crafts, and he also performs as a Northern Traditional Pow Wow Dancer. He has displayed his art in three solo exhibitions and twenty one selected group exhibitions since his studies. Clayton contributes in the education sector in Simcoe County by doing First Nations painting and cultural interpretive workshops that help bridge an understanding of First Nations art and history to native and non- native students alike. Born and raised in St.Catharines, Ontario, Clayton has been a resident of Barrie, Ontario since the fall of 2011. He has also been running his business ‘White Bear Art’ since that time as well. Clayton Samuel King is of Potawatomi decent and is a member of Beausoleil First Nation.


Artist Statement

Clayton Samuel King is a multi-media artist that works predominantly with acrylic paint. When creating his work he will apply different techniques that help expand his knowledge of artistic expression. The common themes in his work relate to his Indigenous cultural background that is highly influenced by the Professional Native Indian Artist incorporated, 3 generations of Woodland School artists and the sublime of nature. He does his best to interpret the knowledge that has been bestowed upon him to help sustain Anishinaabek culture and history through several artistic practices. He has recently been working and experimenting with visible and invisible ultra violet luminescent paint. Working in the dark is something different, but the advantage of this  new media has helped heighten the spectral and metaphysical aesthetic he wants to produce to the viewer. This medium is new to the Woodland Art Style and is a medium that Clayton will continue to use in the future.





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