As a fine artist, Clayden has exhibited in nearly 50 group and solo shows. His work is held in numerous collections, including the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Clayden completed Art & Design at Preston Institute of Technology in 1979, taught Painting & Drawing at Phillip Institute of Technology in 1990-91, and taught Interior Design & Architecture at RMIT University in 2000-03. He also designed several public glass walls in the late ’90s, for RMIT and Spencer Street Footbridge and Melbourne Convention Centre