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Thank you for a great AU 2018! - Acton University 2019: June 18 - 21

David Clayton

Provost, Pontifex University

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.

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 is published in many Catholic publications and journals and writes for his weekly blog blog.Pontifex.University , 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 books include The Way of Beauty - the place of beauty in a Catholic culture and a Catholic education, published in May 2015; The Little Oratory, co-written with Leila Lawler and published in 2014 and contributed a 10,000 word essay on The Place of the Nude in Catholic Art, in the Light of John Paul II's Theology of the Body in a festschrift for Stratford Caldecott called The Beauty of the House of God, published in 2014

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.