Approved: 22.10.2007

Douglas Clark

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 22.10.2007

I would describe myself as a 'Constructor' and blame it on being given a Meccano set as a child. 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 and it informs the way I think and 'design' work.

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

Biography

I would describe myself as a 'Constructor' and blame it on being given a Meccano set as a child. 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 and it informs the way I think and 'design' 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 many years crossing oceans to obscure places for a living. It was exposure to other cultures that drove my curiosity.

Later in life I wanted to do 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 famously Lucien Freud and Alfred Wallis to name but two.

So I went to art school in 2003 and graduated with a BA in 2006. 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 I have a British Board of Trade First Class Certificate of Competency [Steam and Motor] as well, if that has any relevance. Probably not now! Quite proud of that one.?

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

  1. Cosmic Perspectives, The Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London 2018
  2. Drive Thru, Q Park. Marylebone, London. 2016
  3. Where is Your Humanity?. 44AD Artspace. Bath. 2016
  4. The Humanity Monument. Trowbridge Arts. Trowbridge. 2016
  5. Architectural Apparatus No.5  and No.6. The Holburne Museum, Bath. UK 2012 
  6. Ecstasy of Truth, Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol. UK  2009 
  7. Doctoring Practice, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth. 2011
  8. Lots Wife, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury. 2011
  9. We Live in Public, The Officers Club, Bath. 2010
  10. Spike Island Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  11. 6@the octagon, The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath. 2008
  12. MFA Show, School of Art, Bath Spa University, Bath. 2008
  13. Pontoon, River Thames, Oxford. 2006
  14. Free Range, Old Trueman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. 2005
  15. Bath Fringe Festival, Going Places Gallery, Bath. 2003
  16. 'Best of 2003', Hotbath Gallery, Bath, UK. 2003
  17. 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