Paintings By Chris Clarke

Paintings By Chris Clarke.

The Canon Gallery.

Online exhibition.

As part of the event programme for BADA Week 2023, The Canon Gallery will be holding an online exhibition dedicated to the contemporary artist Chris Clarke.

Speaking of his method, Clarke writes, "My intention is to speak to the dreamlike quality of childhood memories and create an experience with my work the goes beyond the image itself. I hope to present a narrative that includes the frame and the overall presentation of the work with a jewel like quality."

Over many years I have developed a technique for painting rooted in the practices of the Old Masters. I slowly build up opaque and transparent glaze layers, sometimes using metal leaf, to achieve subtle effects of colour and light. This is rooted in my training in restoration, where I learnt how to mix all the traditional paint media for myself, as well as gilding, carving, japanning and Verre Eglomise (reverse gilded glass). My working practices are based on my understanding of the mechanics of oil painting, little taught these days.

Chris ClarkeI generally use antique and vintage frames, that I restore to present small, quiet works that speak of my love of the English landscape and my fascination with still life. These are informed by many artists including Samuel Palmer, Atkinson Grimshaw, Rex Whistler, Felix Kelly and the work of David Inshaw during his time with the Brotherhood of Ruralists, to name but a few.


The exhibition is currently available to view online.


Image Caption:

Corn and Tassel.
Chris Clarke.
Oil and Tarnished silver leaf on canvas in reproduction moulded frame.
19.00 cms x 19.30 cms.

United Kingdom