Jack Clayton is an illustrator / printmaker from London who specialises in woodcut printmaking. He prints his by hand and often uses the reduction method to add multiple layers of colour from a single block of wood.
Jack moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2012 and he used his art to gain a better understanding of the city which shows through his immensely complex and thoughtful illustrations.
His recent series draws inspiration from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Popular sights such as street sellers, children’s games, cafes, drinking culture expressions and sayings all play apart with an aesthetic inspired by traditionally hand painted shop signs and geometric floor tiles.
‘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.’