Clay Howard (Royal College of Art, UK / Art Students League, NY / Lewis and Clark College, OR) is a San Francisco Bay Area born painter currently living in London. His satirical paintings reflect contemporary culture, as they expose the absurdity of human behaviour. His display of reptilian cartoon characters, scaly and green, embodies the outer skin humans use to present themselves to society.
His previous experiences include interning at The Aperture Foundation for the Steven A. Baron Work Scholar program in New York, and as the lead Graphic Designer for the 10th issue of Beacon Quarterly Magazine in Portland, Oregon. This knowledge has brought an aspect of photographic composition, magazine culture, and storytelling into his visual language.
While travelling through India, he was told by his friends that “Clay’ in Hindi translated to “Slippery Dirt”. Ever since, he has used the pseudonym Slippery Dirt satirically, as a play on his name and as a magazine title alluding to the New Yorker.