Taha Clayton is a Brooklyn-based painter, born in Houston, TX and raised in Toronto, ON, Canada. In his early work, Clayton focused on photo-realistic portraiture. Now, Clayton’s heritage influences much of his work, which often addresses mistruths of black antiquity. His realistic renderings celebrate culture and legacy while also exploring matters of social injustice, spirituality, and family. Many of his visual narratives are presented in portraiture using historical references embedded with futurist allusions.
Clayton’s work has shown in several group exhibitions in New York, Miami, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Toronto. His work is currently showing at the Prizm Art Fair during Art Basel Miami as well as the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in a show juried by Frank Bernarducci, owner of the Bernarducci Gallery in Chelsea. Recent shows include”, I Met God and She Is” curated by Joakim von Ditmar and the “Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks” at MassArt which featured fellow artists Hank Willis Thomas, Delphine Diallo, Rashid Johnson, Deborah Roberts, Amy Sherald and Hank Willis Thomas. In addition to public and gallery exhibitions, Clayton’s work has also been commissioned by private collectors in addition to being featured in benefit art auctions for diverse art spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA). Clayton’s journey as an emerging artist was also documented in the award winning documentary, “Heavyweight Paint” (dir. Jeff Martini, 2016) which features his friends and colleagues in art Joseph Adolphe, Jerome Lagarrigue, and Tim Okamura.