76 x 122 cm | 29 x 48 in
Original painting in oil on linen.
"In my Unknown and it's companion piece Known, a couple stands in a flurry of notes that fall like so much confetti at a wedding. We look back at them or beyond them, embrace their past and reflect on their future. We are invited to celebrate the persistence of the personal in a world re-invented by technology and its aesthetics. The experience at their heart is not rooted in technology but is made stark/poignant when seen through its lens."
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.