MARK CLARKE: PAINTINGS
August 20 – September 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 23, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 email@example.com
Schrager & Clarke Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of new work by one of the gallery’s popular artists, Mark Clarke. He says of himself, “I still think of myself as an old landscape painter.” However, in addition to his familiar landscapes, this exhibit includes pieces from other areas of his interest. The approximately 30 pieces in the current show are a variety of sizes, tending toward the medium and small, making them quite accessible.
Clarke has continued develop his Farmers’ Market series, first introduced in his 2013 exhibit. These tasty images are drawn from the activity of the market and the variety of colors and textures combined there.
He also continues to do figurative work from imagination. These pieces provide experimental opportunities for Clarke. He says, “I get a couple of these going at a time. I begin with a vague figure and then start changing all aspects of the painting – the color palette, the composition. I try different tools for applying the paint – rollers, pieces of cardboard, cloth daubers, in addition to brushes.”
September 4 – October 12, 2013
The images to the right are part of a show entitled REVIEW, which was exhibited at Schrager & Clarke Gallery in September and October of 2013.
In preparing the pieces for this show, Clarke looked back over the past 60 years of his artistic evolution, reviewing the techniques and processes he has explored. He has worked with line and no line; his palette has varied; his scale has ranged from very large canvases to small collages on board. This history is reflected in the new work.
Completed in the last two years, the pieces in this exhibit are acrylic paintings, Clarke’s trademark medium. But, he observes, “It looks like four or five people’s work!”
Venerable Eugene artist Mark Clarke is best known for his unique and quietly powerful landscapes of the Willamette Valley.The Central Oregon Coast, Fern Ridge, and the rural farmland of Oregon are his subjects. Some paintings of his begin on location, then painted on for long periods in his studio. Others are entirely from his imagination, drawn for a lifetime of living in and painting this region. Clarke’s vision of the landscape is soft and luminous, almost dream-like. Mark builds and paints all of his own frames, complementing his work with an additional element that expresses his aesthetic and artistic commitment.
Another direction is his experimental, figurative works, generated primarily from his imagination, which are quite different from his landscapes. He has used this body of work to experiment with a variety of techniques for handling paint: lots of texture, more impasto, wide brushes, painting knives, and glazes, all of which bring powerful boldness to these pieces.
In describing his work, Mark says, “It’s hard to talk about paintings like these because there is no formula. They come out of the process -- the working on them. Things change from day to day. I work on them over and over and over again...even these little ones. It’s like landscaping -- moving the shrubbery around!”
OLDER WORK BY MARK CLARKE