I loved making art as a child. I was making art and doing graphic design in my twenties. I went to college and studied drawing and painting, then film and animation, in the 1980s when I was in my thirties. That early work is mostly work on paper with ink, pencil, marker, or crayon. After college I did a lot of graphic design and later (starting in 1996) also web design for others. Then in 2016 when I was 64 years old I purchased an iPad Pro tablet and started making artworks for myself again.
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My husband Alec Clayton, novelist, artist, theater and art critic, and author of What the Heck is a Frame-Pedestal Aesthetic? and As If Art Matters: Modern and post modern art reviews and commentary, wrote in a Facebook post on February 12, 2020:
My wife, Gabi Clayton, makes art. For all the thirty some odd years that I was painting and exhibiting my paintings in galleries, hardly anybody even knew she was an artist too. She majored in art in college during her first two years, and then she switched her major to film with an emphasis on animation. In her freshman and sophomore drawing and design classes she made art that was surprisingly good―so unique, in fact, with a signature style recognizable from the start, that I’m not sure anybody recognized how good it was.
After graduating, she went to graduate school to become a mental health counselor, and she did graphic art―websites, brochures, etc., but for decades she never made art as “fine art” and she never attempted to get her art in galleries. Then a couple of years ago, she started creating art on her iPad and started posting a few of them on Facebook. And people liked them. They liked them a lot.
Then on February 12, 2023, Alec added to that post:
I was wong when I wrote, “I’m not sure anybody recognized how good it was.” I’m sure at least two of her teachers recognize just how good she was. And I think further education in visual art would have hampered her natural talent.
On January 9, 2023, he wrote in a blog post:
Most of her work is figurative, picturing distorted and often comical images of animals and people, sometimes combined with words, and less frequently purely abstract paintings with pixels. There is ample historic precedence for such work. First to come to mind are The Hairy Who, and the Chicago Imagists: Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Gladys Nilsson; the great Phillip Guston, drawings by Saul Steinberg, and the painted poems of Kenneth Patchen, whom she acknowledges as an early and continuing influence.
Many of my images are — or can be — available as prints or on t-shirts and more. Let me know if you are interested in finding out more using this contact form.
Gabi and Alec Clayton ~ Collection Tour and Reading
Apr 21, 2020 ~ Episode 8 on SPSCC Art ~ Creative “Something” ~ A Zoom Event now on YouTube