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BRUCE HAMILTON CLARK
Clark M.A., D.A.E., CertEd.
Throughout six decades Bruce Clark’s work has been widely shown in the UK, France and North America. There have been fifteen solo exhibitions and some venues have been public buildings such as Worcester City Art Gallery and the Royal Museum, Canterbury. In 2006 a large retrospective exhibition was held at the Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable. He has also been accepted several times for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Entries have appeared in ‘Who’s Who in Art’, the ‘Dictionary of International Biography’ and ‘Artists in Britain since 1945’. His autobiography entitled ‘Tea was a Yellow Fish’ was published in 2013.
Throughout his long painting career Bruce Clark has constantly experimented within a wide range of styles and techniques, both abstract and figurative. Themes have been inspired by landscape, literature, mythology, genealogy, architecture, and also the simple geometry to be found within a variety of artefacts. Hard-edge techniques have been employed where appropriate alongside more painterly methods on other occasions, with a general move towards simplification and clarification. Extensive travels have been influential, especially in France, Scandinavia, USA and Japan. The chief aim has always been to present an image which is precise and uncluttered; an image with an immediate impact, even on a small scale, but one conducive to further contemplation.
Bruce Clark has also had poetry published in various magazines and anthologies and won an Itoen award for a haiku in English. (Tokyo 1994 ).
Artist's Statement ‘LESS IS MORE’
The selection of paintings included in this exhibition concentrates on hard-edge geometrical work produced over a number of years. Some are based on a variety of historical artefacts and architectural details, but the most recent examples are simple arrangements of squares and rectangles separated by heavy black lines in the manner of Mondrian. Not however, as in his case, restricted to primary colours. The intention is to achieve a restful balance between basic shapes and subtle colour combinations. This often requires many changes before the result is considered satisfactory.
Previous Artist’s Statement
Some of the most recent paintings relate to the flat landscape of Cambridgeshire where the artist currently lives. A few have been inspired by personal journeys along the West Coast of America, by accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804 - 1806, and by locations associated with the early pioneers who traveled along the Oregon Trail.
Others relate to wanderings in Nevada, particularly among the smooth stones surrounding Lake Tahoe. There is also recent work based on more familiar but slightly secluded corners of the U.K. and some which is purely imaginary. The common factor has been an attempt to create a calm, atmospheric environment which might have a soothing effect on the spectator and provide an escape from the worries and complications of life in the twenty-first century.