Denis Clarke

D e n i s   C l a r k e


My work is grounded in working directly from a subject, be it in the bush or the city. What interests me is ‘creating a process of informed experiment’. By this I mean allowing myself to risk and play with media while aligning my senses with the observed. It is the otherness or feel of a subject which provides the impetus to experiment and find new solutions with marks.

For me, working before nature is deeply complex and even astounding. The challenge is to find graphic statements and abstractions which truthfully parallel perceptions and lead towards a resolved image.

Denis Clarke completed the Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander Mackie College in Sydney in 1975. While a student, he was awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship (1974) and Moya Dyring residency at the Paris Cité Internationale des Arts. From 1975-76, he did postgraduate studies in painting at The Saint Martins School of Art, London. From 1982 to 1998, he was based in London, teaching at Camden School of Art  and exhibiting in London and Switzerland. He relocated to Sydney in 1998. In 2003, he won the Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award.

Since his relocation to Sydney, he has held several solo exhbitions and participated in numerous group shows, including solo exhibitions at the Stanley Street Gallery in 2015 and 2019 and In The Field at the Macquarie University Gallery 2016.

He is represented in private and public collections in Europe and Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Lloyds of London.

Denis Clarke was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2009.

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