76 x 61 cm | 29 x 24 in
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’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.