David Clayton and The Way of Beauty

Out running summer programs at Thomas More College, I had a chance to meet David Clayton, a singular artist who developed the unique Way of Beauty Program for the college.  He, too, was running summer programs, yet managed to post weekly on his blog about anything and everything from Fra Angelico to John Singer Sargent to the Golden Section. 

He is also a regular writer on sacred art for the New Liturgical Movement website and the advisory board of The Foundation for Sacred Arts, based in Washington DC.  Before taking up his position in the US, this year, he taught at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England where he designed, along with the staff at the institute, their unique art-theory course: Art, Beauty and Inspiration from a Catholic Perspective. He did his undergraduate studies in Materials Science at Oxford University, and then went on to do a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. As an artist, he is trained in the Byzantine iconographic style, and in Western classical naturalism, which he studied at Florence, Italy. Aside from the work he is currently doing for the Thomas More College chapel, major commissions include: St Luigi Scrosoppi, for the London Oratory; the crucifixion at Pluscarden Monastery in Elgin, Scotland; and the Sacred Heart at Maryvale Institute. He has also illustrated books for children including one just published and written by Scott Hahn entitled God’s Covenant With You.

Mr. Clayton was received into the Church in London in 1993.



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