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MARK CLARKE: PAINTINGS
August 20 – September 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 23, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mark Clarke, Landscape with Oak Tree, acrylic, unframed 24x36, framed 30x42
Mark Clarke, Landscape, acrylic, unframed 20x34, framed 26x40
Mark Clarke, Santiam River, acrylic,  unframed 30.5x40, framed 36x46 framed
Mark Clarke, Stream to the Sea, acrylic on canvas, unframed 30x40, framed 36x46
Mark Clarke, Autumn color, acrylic, unframed 38x36
Karin Clarke Gallery        760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401         541.684.7963         kclarkegallery@mindspring.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.”

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Mark Clarke, Farmers Market #1, acrylic on canvas, 20x24
Mark Clarke, Farmers Market , acrylic on canvas, 20x24
Mark Clarke , Farmer's Market #5, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Beach from Rock, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke Hill, Late Fall, acrylic on board
Mark Clarke, Sea Rock, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Farmer's Market #3, acrylic on board
Mark Clarke, Farmer's Market #4, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Farmer's Market #10, acrylic on board
Mark Clarke, Farmer's Market #12, acrylic on board
Mark Clarke, Landscape with White Barn, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Mannequin and Black Hat, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Mannequin and Margaret's Red Hat, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Oregon Beach Fog, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Painters on the Boat Dock, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Stream to Sea #5, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Red Shed with Open Door
Mark Clarke, The Golden Field, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, The Metal Farm Building, acrylic on canvas
White Storage Shed, Mark Clarke,  acrylic on canvas, 24x30
Mark Clarke, Evening Landscape
Mark Clarke, Landscape/Green Field, acrylic on canvas
Mark Clarke, Stream to Sea #4, acrylic on canvas
REVIEW
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!”

REVIEW

BIO
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!”

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