* Denis Clarke | Stanley Street Gallery

* Denis Clarke

My way of working involves both observation and experiment, madness and discipline. In creating work from natural subject matter, it is paramount that I work in front of it, in it, and surrounded by it. The outdoors becomes temporarily ‘the studio’. I don’t see this as restrictive - on the contrary it is the life source for making art - it gives me a chance to react to and define the essential structure, space, movement and shifting patterns.

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Profile

After completing a Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander Mackie College in Sydney in 1975, Denis Clarke was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and Moya Dyring residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. As a student he exhibited at Macquarie Galleries and Bondi Pavillion in Sydney. He progressed to postgraduate studies in London at the St Martins School of Art, Byam Shaw and Morley College and set up a studio in north London.

From 1975 to 1998, Denis lived and exhibited in London and Switzerland, teaching at the Camden School of Art, London and exhibiting most notably in London at Gillian Jason Gallery, Boundary Gallery and three one-man shows at James Colman Gallery at Montpelier Sandelson, Knightsbridge.

In 1998 Denis returned to live and paint in Sydney, where he exhibited with the Harris Courtin Gallery in Sydney. In 2003 he was awarded the Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive. He has collaborated with several premier arts organizations such as Opera Factory in London and Switzerland, Warwickshire Arts Festival in the UK, and most recently as the artist in residence at Wollombi Valley Arts Council.

Denis has been a sessional lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney Australia, for ten years, and runs master classes and summer schools at the Mitchell School of Art, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, the McGregor School, University of Southern Queensland, Cooee Bay Artists Camp, Yapoon, Queensland.

He is represented in private and public collections in Europe and Australia, including Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge and Lloyds of London.

Qualifications

1975     Diploma in Art Education, Alexander Mackie CAE and National Art School, Sydney.

1975-76  Certificate of Advanced Painting, postgraduate study, St Martins School of Art, London

1976-78  Part-time study in life drawing, Byam Shaw School of Art, Chelsea School of Art, and Morley College, London.

2005     Certificate IV Workplace Assessment, TAFE NSW.

 

General Biography and Awards

1974     Awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship to study abroad.

1974     Awarded the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1975     Awarded an Australian Arts Council Travel Grant.

1976-77  Awarded the Moya Dyring studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

1982     Designed set painting for the Opera Factory London production of Harrison Birtwhistle’s Punch and Judy.

1983-84  Designed sets and costumes for the Opera Factory Zurich production of Howard Goodall’s Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame.

1990-98  Exhibiting and teaching in London with exhibitions in the UK and Australia.

1998-2005 Living in Sydney, exhibitions in the UK, lecturing and exhibiting in Sydney.

2003     Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2014    Force of Nature, Stanley Street Gallery

2011    Wollombi Valley Arts Council, ‘City Full Stop Bush’

2008    Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2004    Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2002    Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney

2001    Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2000    James Colman Fine Art, ‘In Colour’, London.

1997    James Colman Fine Art, ‘New Work’, London.

1995    James Colman Fine Art, ‘Old Lands New Visions’, London.

1991    The Tan Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland.

1989    Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland.

1988    The Boundary Gallery, ‘Australia Observed’, London.

1986    DM Gallery, Dover Street, London.

1984    Mini Galerie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

1983    The New South Wales House Gallery, London.

The Klein Theatre, ‘Stage and Costume Drawings’, Lucerne, Switzerland.

1981    The Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney.

1978    The New South Wales House Gallery, London.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013     Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney "Works on Paper" - Denis Clarke, Elisabeth Cummings and Anais Lera
2012     Artsite Gallery, Sydney. ‘Stilled Life’

Artsite Gallery, Sydney. ‘Sydney Mix’
Taiwan Academy of Art, Australian Watercolour Exchange Exhibition
Gosford Regional Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute Anniversary Exhibition

2011    Mosman Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute, 88th Anniversary Exhibition

2010    Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute.

2009    Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute. Eastgate and Holst, Gallery Artists, Melbourne.

2008    Mosman Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute, 85th Anniversary Exhibition.

2007    The Salthouse, ‘Spirit of The Times’, Norfolk, UK.

2006    Charles Sturt University, Visiting Lecturers Summer School Exhibition.
James Colman Gallery, Group Eight, Norwich, UK.

2005    Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.
National Art School, ‘Walking the Line’, National Art School Academic Staff.

2004    Melbourne Art Fair by Dagmar Art Consultants.

2003 Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award touring exhibition.

2002    Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.

2001    Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.

2000    National Art School, Exhibition of Lecturers, Sydney.

1999    Brussells Art Fair, James Colman Fine Art.

1998    James Colman Fine Art, ‘Along the Line: A Drawing Inquiry’, London.

1995-98 Line Art, Ghent, James Colman Fine Art, Belgium.

1995-97 Art 95, Art 96, Art 97, James Colman Fine Art, Islington, London.

1995    20th Century British Art Fair, James Colman Fine Art, London.

1994    Alexandra Palace, Exhibition of Judges Work, London.

1993    Boundary Gallery, ‘Winter Exhibition - Four Painters’, London.
Art 93, Boundary Gallery, London.

1992    Gallery Savah, ‘Three Australian Painters’, Sydney.

1990    Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.
International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London.

1989    Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.
International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London.

1988    Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.

1986    Gillian Jason Gallery, ‘50 Years of British Drawing’, London.

1980    New South Wales House Gallery, ‘Australian Artists of Fame and Promise’, London.

1979    9th International Exhibition, Art Actuel, Belgium.

1978    Morley Gallery, Annual Exhibition, London.

1974    Macquarie Galleries, ‘Young Painters’, Sydney.

Bondi Pavillion Gallery, Desiderius Orban: Commemorative Exhibition.

1973    Macquarie Galleries, ‘Young Painters’, Sydney.

 

Portraits and Commissions

2001    Triptych, Constraint Technologies, Melbourne.

1982    Portrait, Wilfred Beaver, Director of Exhibitions, NSW House Gallery, London.

 

 

Collaborations

1988    Master classes in conjunction with solo exhibition, Warwickshire County Museum, Warwickshire Arts Festival, UK.

1983-84 Designed sets and costumes for the Opera Factory Zurich production of Howard Goodall’s Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame, Zurich, Switzerland.

1982    Designed set painting for the Opera Factory London production of Sir Harrison Birtwhistle’s Punch and Judy, London.

2011    Wollombi Valley Arts Council Artist in Residence.

 

 

Awards

1974    Awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship to study abroad.

1974    Awarded the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1975    Awarded an Australian Arts Council Travel Grant.

1976-77 Awarded the Moya Dyring studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

2003    Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award.

 

Teaching Experience

1988    Exhibition and master class in conjunction with Warwickshire Arts Festival, UK. Warwickshire County Museum

1990-98 Teacher in painting and drawing at the Camden School of Art and Hampstead School of Art, London.

1999-2010 Lecturer, Department of Drawing, Undergraduate Program, National Art School, Sydney.

2010-2012 Lecturer, Department of Drawing, National Art School, for The Dobell School

2003-2005 Teacher in drawing, The Northern Sydney Institute TAFE, Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank

2003-2012 Teacher in drawing, NSI TAFE, The Northern Beaches College of Fine Art, Sydney

2002-2012 Summer School tutor, Mitchell School, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

2009-2011 The McGregor School, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

2004      Guest Artist, Cooee Bay Artists Camp, Yapoon, Queensland,
Tutor, National Art School short courses in Objective Drawing

2011      Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre tutor

 

Public Collections

Macquarie University, Sydney;  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney;  Blackfriars Drawing Trust; The Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK;  General Accident Life, Headquarters, York,UK;  Lloyds of London , UK.

 

Bibliography

Waddell, Heather, London Australia Magazine, December 1979, review of NSW House London exhibition ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ with special mention.

Boys, Larry, Australian Women’s Weekly, 9 January 1980, colour reproduction of painting to accompany short review of ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ at NSW House London.

Borlase, Nancy, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 1981, review of solo exhibition of mainly London work at The Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

Miles, Brenda, The Daily Telegraph, 6 June 1981, ‘Painting a message’, reproduction of two drawings and article on the artist for solo exhibition at Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

McIntyre, Arthur, Art and Australia, Spring Issue 1982, Exhibitions of Note in 1981, special mention.

Phillpotts, Beatrice, Arts Review, London, May 1983, review of solo exhibition, NSW House Gallery, London, May-June 1983.

Bührer, E, Schaffhauser Nachrichten, 30 July 1984, ‘Die Welt als Bild und Bewegung’, review of solo exhibition at the Mini Gallery, Schaffhausen, 28 July - 25 August, 1984.

Atelier in der Mini-Galerie, ‘Brutalität und Idylle’, SchaffhauserAZ, Monday 30 July 1984, review of solo exhibition at the Mini Gallery, Schaffhausen, 28 July - 25 August, 1984.

Waddell, Heather, ‘Lettre de Londres’, Vie des Arts, Montreal, Winter Issue 1984/5, review of solo show at NSW House Gallery, May-June 1983.

Waddell, Heather, New Art International, Winter 1986, review of solo exhibition at DM Gallery, Dover St, London, 5 - 30 September, 1986.

Elwes, Luke, ‘Australian Art Now and Then’, Galleries, April 1988, vol 5 No 11, review of ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

Russell Taylor, John, The Times, April 19, 1988, ‘Advance Australia fair and be recognised’, review of ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

‘Mother Earth encountered’, Hampstead and Highgate Express, April 29, 1988, review and reproduction of drawing from ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

Lucie-Smith, Edward, British Artists of the 20th Century, 1989, biographical details listed.

‘Summer in all its colours’, Hampstead and Highgate Express, August 17, 1990, review of group exhibition at Boundary Gallery, London with special mention.

Lovatt, Estelle, ‘The streets of London’, Southern Cross Magazine, December 13, 19995, review of solo exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 21 Nov - 21 Dec 1995.

Art95, ‘London Contemporary Art Fair’, Catalogue, January 1995, reproduction of ‘Still Life, Studio Corner’, 1994.

Art96, ‘London Contemporary Art Fair’, Catalogue, January 1996, reproduction of ‘Soho Siren’.

‘Denis Clarke: New Work’, catalogue of exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 30 October - 22 November 1997.

What’s On in London, 1997, reproduction of Man on a Park Bench and caption outlining exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 30 October - 22 November.

Waddell, Heather, London Art and Artists Guide, 1997, ‘Interview with Denis Clarke’, reproductions of paintings.

Waddell, Heather, The London Art World 1979-99, 2000, photograph of artist in studio and paintings.

The Week, 25 March 2000, ‘Where to buy’, review of exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, April 2000.

‘Powerful urban images’, Collector, Wentworth Courier, May 16 2001, reproduction of painting and review exhibition at Polly Courtin Gallery, May 2001.

Gotting, Peter, Sydney Morning Herald, May 1 2001, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction and listing of exhibition at Polly Courtin Gallery, May 2001.

Kidd, Courtney, Sydney Morning Herald, May 2001, ‘Critics pick’ listings.

Sydney Morning Herald, 2002, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction, review and listing of exhibition at Harris Courtin Gallery, October 2002.

Sydney Morning Herald, 2004, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction, review and listing of exhibition at Harris Courtin Gallery, March 2004.

‘Walking the Line’, National Art School Academic Staff, Exhibition of Drawing catalogue, 2005.