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Study For Random Violence by John Clark

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Study For Random Violence (2016)

John Clark

100 x 100 cm | 39 x 39 in


Subject: People
Tags: Monotone, Naked, Dance, Movement, Monochromatic, Weight, Dynamic


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."


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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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