Harold Clayton was born into a family of London based artists in 1896. He attended school in in the North East borough of Hackney.
After graduating, Clayton attended the Harrow Art School and later the Hornsey College of Art where he studied graphic design and commercial art, graduating with distinction.
After completing his degree Clayton attended St. Martin’s School of Art where he studied under the celebrated Art Master Norman Jones. The tutelage of Jones had a profound affect on the young artist. Inspiring him to define his technique and venture into the field of Realism.
Clayton’s love of gardening and his meticulous attention to detail were the driving forces in his career. Although he was a versatile painter, he is primarily known for his still life flower paintings, despite the fact that he completed relatively few such paintings in his life. Clayton painted approximately one painting per month, which accounts for both the scarcity of his still life paintings and their tremendous quality.
Clayton’s works are incredibly detailed. Every flower within a composition reaches out with a triumphant display of summer’s glory. Dainty and young blooms rise upward in a military fashion, as those who have fully flourished hang heavily with a feel of self-importance and ultimate achievement.
Clayton is today regarded by many as one of the top artists for still life oil paintings of flowers. His oil paintings and watercolours were exhibited at the Royal Academy and are today displayed in numerous public and private collections.