David Clayton

David Clayton is an internationally known artist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster. He moved to the US from his native England in 2009 and has been working here ever since. He is currently Provost of Pontifex University, an online Catholic education platform where he has designed their unique, inaugural program, a Masters in Sacred Arts which is a traditional formation in beauty for artists, patrons of the arts and anyone who wants to contribute creatively to the transformation of the culture in the modern world. He is also Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

He is published in many Catholic publications and journals and writes for his weekly blog, and for He wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series about traditional art and culture The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011. 

His artistic training is in both the sacred art tradition of Byzantine iconography; and as a portrait painter in the style of Western classical naturalism, which he studied in Florence, Italy. He has had prominent commissions in the UK and the United States and his work has been featured in many publications in both countries.

He has also composed over 80 tones for the psalms in English, with four-part arrangements. These have been featured in Chant Cafe, Monastic Musicians magazine, and the website of the school of liturgical music at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

On top of that, he plays the banjo in the Appalachian clawhammer style. He is available to play on those occasions when rustic old-timey banjo might be entertaining or useful (although he is rarely asked to do so).


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