His work references Grosvenor School artists including Cyril Power, Sybil Andrews and Lill Tschudi.
Focusing on the figure in movement, rowers, skiers, bicyclists and runners as they practice their sport, capturing a moment in mid stride, or just as the race arrives at the finishing line. His colours are bold, and the shapes pared down, and he often uses geometrical shapes as background to emphasise a sense of movement.
Born in 1968 Cleden studied illustration at Kingston University and Maidstone College of Art before moving to London where he worked freelance as an illustrator. He has produced designs for others – the National Trust; the RSPB as well as for his own work as poet and writer of children’s books. In 1995 Cleden and family moved to Dorset. Here he initially taught photography and gave printmaking courses before concentrating full time on his own work.