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Helping Hand by John Clark

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Helping Hand (2017)

John Clark

38 x 30 cm | 14 x 11 in

Subject: People
Tags: Attachment, Support

Limited edition sculpture in paper, resin, and acrylic - 38 x 25 x 30cm. Total edition of 6.

"Amidst all the competition and striving, people inevitably fall and get hurt, while others help. This couple occurs in a number of my paintings. It’s unclear what has happened but there is something generous in the hold that the portly figure has on his slumped companion. Some bond exists that is not determined by their goals and some values that are not completely constrained by the demands of their ambitions or aspirations. In that respect, the image is one of hope. This is one of a new series of sculptures in which the figures I've been painting over the last couple of years have cut loose from their moorings, wrestled free from their canvas's and now stand in real space. The technique used to build these is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting, and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is handmade and finished with a variety of paints, pigments and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas."


John Clark

John Clark’s work forms unique interpretations of modern day identities. Plays of light, tone and shape give Clark’s work a contemporary feel whilst compositional values seemingly cede to the imagery of classical painting. This wide breadth of dexterity gives Clark’s work a unique impact which, in turn, extends the deliciously thought provoking effect of each effigy. There is something undoubtedly familiar about certain pieces. Clark has a captivating style, with underlying messages including the desolation and irony of the modern workplace ethos. Figurative depictions with clever illusions of space give a satisfying sense of depth.

Clark's paintings emerge and mark a pause; signals that something has been glimpsed and might be noted. That the carefully rendered models are figures, lends a complicating narrative dimension to work that might otherwise simply be about the play of light and shade across objects in space.

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