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Old Man by John Clark

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Old Man (2017)

John Clark

31 x 65 cm | 12 x 25 in

Subject: People
Tags: Pale, Attachment, Protection, Figure, Neutral Palette, Mortality, Carry

Original, limited edition sculpture in wood, resin, paper, acrylic, chalk paint and wax 65 x 31 x 25cm. (Dimensions without larger plinth). Total edition of 6. A larger version of the original Old Man Made to order.

"Time is relative and the older we get the more we know it. The effects are far more obvious on our skin than in our heads, where it travels in circles rather than lines and often hardly moves at all. Here is a couple; an old man is held tenderly, but securely by a young woman. Perhaps the old man is dreaming of a different time. 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."

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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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