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Incomplete Structure by John Clark

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Incomplete Structure (2015)

John Clark

76 x 61 cm | 29 x 24 in

Subject: People
Tags: Community, Structure, Struggle, Monochromatic, Figure, Effort, Monumental

Original painting in oil on canvas.

"A painting that plays with the idea of becoming. It shows a a figure being supported by others. Together they form an articulated structure that is as weighty as it is fragile. To some extent this is the beginning of a reflection on modern family. In doing so it borrows happily from a long tradition in western art of slumped and lifting forms."


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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