Alex Clarke

Born 1988, UK.

Alex Clarke studied for his Foundation and BA at Central St Martins followed by a Post Graduate Diploma Course at The Royal Academy School, London. Solo and group shows include: HOPE, Gowlett Peaks, London. (Solo), Showtime, Johannes Vogt, New York, NY. (Group), Best Good Friend, Royal Academy Schools Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London and June Snow, Evelyn Yard, London. (Group). In 2013 he was the winner of the Jerwood Purchase Prize at ‘HAPPY’, Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Clarke lives and works in London.

In his practice, Clarke shy’s away from representational imagery, preferring instead the language of minimalism and abstraction. He carefully plans his work applying many layers of paint and colour, collaging torn pieces of paper on his canvasses and making beautiful line paintings. Although at first glance Clarke’s work may appear simple, closer inspection reveals a strong material presence, depth and emotionally expressive qualities.

When viewing Clarkes’ work one is reminded of the words of one of the greatest abstract artists of the 20th Century – Kazimir Malevich who said: “Colour is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed”.


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