Approved: 22.10.2007

Douglas Clark

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 22.10.2007

I would describe myself as an 'Artist-Constructor'. I love the engineering aesthetic and that runs through my work. I like the way a piece of work can interact with different spaces in different ways. It informs the way I think and 'design' my work.

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  • Location: Bath, South West
  • Contexts: Public art
  • Artforms: Film & video, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: 3d object, assemblage, conceptual, installation, public, video, film & video, industrial, monument, political, public art, sculpture, led illuminated installation, sculptor, south west
 

Artist Statement

I would describe myself as an 'Artist-Constructor'. I love the engineering aesthetic and that runs through my work. I like the way a piece of work can interact with different spaces in different ways. It informs the way I think and 'design' my work.

As much as I would like to say I've been an artist since school days, that's not the case. My first love was the sea and I spent a long time crossing oceans for a living. It was exposure to other cultures that drove my curiosity.

Later in life I did something that had been nagging away at me for years. I strove to become an artist... Not the first seaman to want to be an artist, there's Lucien Freud and Alfred Wallis to name but two.

So I went to art school in 2003 and graduated with a BA in 2006. I thought I could do a little better, so gained a Masters in 2008 and now have a Doctorate.... that wasn't the original idea when I ran away to sea at 16 or even when I started at art school.

....oh and should that not be enough and I have a  British Board of Trade First Class Certificate of Competency [Steam and Motor Ships] as well, if that has any relevance. Well probably not now but I'm quite proud of that one, it was hard.

If anyone wants to check my doctoral thesis it is 'The Neo-Monument - Monuments of Dissent and their Emergence in the late 20th and early 21st Century' - its a corker.

CV & Education

Exhibitions

  • 'House', Burghley House Sculpture Garden. 2021
  • Cosmic Perspectives, The Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London 2018
  • Drive Thru, Q Park. Marylebone, London. 2016
  • Where is Your Humanity?. 44AD Artspace. Bath. 2016
  • The Humanity Monument. Trowbridge Arts. Trowbridge. 2016
  • Architectural Apparatus No.5  and No.6. The Holburne Museum, Bath. UK 2012 
  • Ecstasy of Truth, Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol. UK  2009 
  • Doctoring Practice, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth. 2011
  • Lots Wife, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury. 2011
  • We Live in Public, The Officers Club, Bath. 2010
  • Spike Island Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • [email protected] octagon, The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath. 2008
  • MFA Show, School of Art, Bath Spa University, Bath. 2008
  • Pontoon, River Thames, Oxford. 2006
  • Free Range, Old Trueman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. 2005
  • Bath Fringe Festival, Going Places Gallery, Bath. 2003
  • 'Best of 2003', Hotbath Gallery, Bath, UK. 2003
  • Untitled, British Council, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2003

 

 

Qualifications and training

  1. PhD. School of Art, Bath Spa University, Bath 2017 
  2. Master of Fine Arts (Distinction), School of Art, Bath Spa University, Bath 2008
  3. Bachelor of Arts [Honours]  School of Art, Bath Spa University 2006