artists / curators / writers
Country of residence United Kingdom
Clark’s paintings are populated with images of vaguely remembered holiday exploits of family groups; sketchy staged bodies in sports gear and action; and the burning clarity of gaudy hallucinated Lidos. Tableaux of organised leisure, they trigger historical associations with sports culture in the period of modernism after World War I, and critically engage with the related concept of ‘utopia’. The garishness of the paint and the fragmented nature of forms imply looming disaster rather than fun; and question the possibility of contemporary sports and recreational spaces, fulfilling promises for a bright new future.
He lives and works in London and studied at the Royal College of Art and Brighton Polytechnic. In1994 he won the Atlantis European Prize.
Selected exhibitions :
1995 Dog Days, Gas Works Gallery
2004 James Coleman Gallery, London; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2003 Jerwood Drawing Prize; ARTfutures, City of London School
2002 John Moores 22.