David Clayton | Thomas More College

David Clayton

Visiting Fellow



David Clayton moved to the U.S. to take up his current position from his native England in January 2009. He is the designer of the “Way of Beauty” program which focuses on the link between Catholic culture -in the broadest sense of word- and the liturgy. He also wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011. Before moving to the U.S. he taught at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England where he designed, along with the staff at the Institute, their art-theory course: “Art, Beauty and Inspiration from a Catholic Perspective”. His artistic training is in both the Byzantine iconographic style, and in Western classical naturalism, the latter of which he studied in Florence, Italy. Aside from the work that he is currently doing for the Thomas More College chapel, some of his major commissions have included paintings for the following places: St. Luigi Scrosoppi, for the London Oratory; the crucifixion at Pluscarden Monastery in Elgin, Scotland; and the Sacred Heart at Maryvale Institute. Mr. Clayton has illustrated books for children including God’s Covenant With You, written by Scott Hahn. He is currently working on a book about the Sacred Heart which will be co-written by the President of Thomas More College, Dr. William Fahey, and by Cardinal Raymond Burke. He writes for his weekly blog, www.thewayofbeauty.org, which also has an archive of longer articles as well as a streaming of his TV work and a gallery of his art. He is the sacred-art writer for the New Liturgical Movement website, www.newliturgicalmovement.org. Mr. Clayton was received into the Church in London in 1993. He is a Benedictine Oblate, and he coordinates the music for the liturgy at the College as well as teaches the students to chant the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours as part of his Way of Beauty course. David is interested in hiking, gardening, and plays the Appalachian clawhammer banjo at college banquets…if pushed.

David Clayton’s meditation of the art, music, and the liturgy can be enjoyed by reading The Way of Beauty.

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