100 x 100 cm | 39 x 39 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Over the last two years I've been working on a large composition that imagines a moment of violence taking place. It is a multi figure composition but in the course of it's development I have inevitably made studies that focus on elements in the larger piece. This is one of them. It is in parts, a technical experiment, a characterisation, and an anatomisation of one of the figures. As a culture we are much more comfortable with fragments than we are with the idea of the whole and it is, indeed, very often the case that a fragment can embody more than a completed piece of work. Perhaps this is the case here where the big woman is attacking empty space. It has pathos that came as a surprise to me and in it's absurdity gets close to heart of the larger compositions motivation."
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.