Trevelyan Clay was born in Cornwall, United Kingdom in 1982, and not long after moved to Australia, where he grew up on the Mid-North Coast, New South Wales. Currently, Clay lives and works in Melbourne.
Clay completed a Bachelor of Arts Visual (Painting) with First Class Honours at The Australian National University (A.N.U) 2001-2004. Since this time he has exhibited widely in solo and group shows across Australia and New Zealand. His work is featured in public institutions and private collections across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States including Artbank, Peter Fay Collection, Australian National University Collection, Monash University of Modern Art, Joyce Nissan Collection, Proclaim Collection, and the University of Wollongong Collection.