Recently we attended the private view of new works by leading British artist Brian Clarke. It was a enjoyable evening with VIP guests mingling and chatting away, including Jerry Hall, David Bailey, Jools Holland and more. The exhibition will be on view at 6–10 Lexington Street from 13 February to 21 March 2015.
Clarke’s solo exhibition will run in conjunction with A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, a group exhibition curated by Clarke at 6 Burlington Gardens celebrating the seminal Swinging London art dealer who was both a friend and early supporter of Clarke. Pace will publish two catalogues to accompany the respective exhibitions.
For more than four decades, Clarke has pioneered new directions in stained glass, extending his practice to painting sculpture and mosaics. Architecturally, Clarke has collaborated with figures such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, I.M Pei and Renzo Piano. Clarke developed his interest in glass out of exposure to British Gothic cathedrals during his childhood in northern England.
Although he maintains a classical knowledge of the medium, he has developed it beyond its largely religious siting. Clarke has filtered his understanding of stained glass’s history and technique through a contemporary canon, employing the delicate medium to make artworks in the non-ecclesiastical traditions of Pop Art and abstraction.
The selection of paintings demonstrates the interaction between media in the artist’s oeuvre. Paintings frequently function as the genesis of Clarke’s stained glass works, yet the distinction between the opacity of painting versus the site-specific translucency of the glass, reveals his sensitivity to colour and material.
Pace London (6-10 Lexington Street, W1F 0LB)