Approved: 27.01.2017

John Clark

Artist, Maker

Approved: 27.01.2017

I paint and build people. They are usually imagined, occasionally remembered and sometimes they are models; fragments of bodies that I have found and/or built.
Whatever the source, the work proceeds with some urgency as if it were a hunt. Meanings percolate gently through the mixing; attaching and detaching themselves as the arrangements shift. I exert little control but take notice and what I notice I paint or build. I suspect that at the heart of the process is a question of identity, allied to a suspicion that the real world is as much a product of desire as it is an object.

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Biography

I paint and build people. They are usually imagined, occasionally remembered and sometimes they are models; fragments of bodies that I have found and/or built.
Whatever the source, the work proceeds with some urgency as if it were a hunt. Meanings percolate gently through the mixing; attaching and detaching themselves as the arrangements shift. I exert little control but take notice and what I notice I paint or build. I suspect that at the heart of the process is a question of identity, allied to a suspicion that the real world is as much a product of desire as it is an object.

In recent work I have looked more and directed less. The work has become smaller and simpler. The larger groupings have given way to smaller studies. Heads float in space, arms lie on planes, figures drift.

CV & Education

Date of Birth:            22. 12. 1964
Nationality:               British
Languages:              Spanish, fluent    
Qualifications:          B.A. (OXON) 1st 1986     
Website:                  www.leadwhite.co.uk   
Blog:                       www.leadwhite.co.uk/blog


Key Information                                                                                                                

  • Co founder of Glasgow Sculpture Studios
  • Visual Arts Coordinator Tramway Glasgow ,1990-92
  • Lecturer in sculpture Greys School of Art Aberdeen
  • 15 years experience in the games industry as Art Director and Lead Artist 
  • Exhibitions 1987-95 in Poland, Finland, Scotland, England, Spain 
  • Exhibitions 2010-15 Cambridge, London, New York, Stockholm, Miami

Selected Exhibitions
2016            Private, Beijing 55 Art Space
2016           “Thinking”, Riverside Gallery, Beijing
2016           ‘How the Light Gets In’, Institute of Ideas, Hay on Wye
2016            Correspond, 35 Painters, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
2016            Fulcrum, ARB Cambridge
2015            The Discerning Eye, London
2015            ‘One’, The Exhibitionist Hotel, London
2015            The Sleep Of Reason Part 4, Cambridge
2015            ‘How the Light Gets In’, Institute of Ideas, Hay on Wye
2014            Context Art, Miami
2014            The Sleep of ReasonPart3, Eton AB, London
2014            The Sleep of Reason Part2, Norwood Club,New York
2014            The Sleep of Reason Part1, Konstnärshuset ,Stockholm
2014             Affordable Art Fair, New York
2013             A Beautiful Death, View, Bristol
2013             RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy ,London
2013             Affordable Art Fair, New York
2013             Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London
2013             Hampstead Art Fair, London
2011             ‘Configured’ Signal Gallery, London 
2011             ‘Summer Contemporary’ , Alon Zakaim, London 
2011             ‘Show Me The Monet’ Royal College of Art, London 
2011             ‘Painting Stories” Solo show Kings College, Cambridge 
2010            Real Broadgate| GoFigurative
2010-14        Open Studios, Cambridge
2009            London Design Week “ Furniture File”
1995            ‘Irish Days 3’, Slupsk, Poland
1995            ‘Do It’, CCA, Glasgow
1994            ‘Modern Art’, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
1991            ‘Salon Glasgow’, CCA, Glasgow             
1990            Galerie Sculptur, Helsinki, Finland


Employment
2010            Self Employed Artist    
2008 – 2010        Art Director: Little Big Planet PSP, Sony Cambridge
2008            Art Director: Heavenly Sword 2, Sony Cambridge
2007            Art Director: One Life (Prototype), Sony Cambridge
2007            Visual Development Lead  Killzone 2, Guerrilla Amsterdam 
2007            External Art Director: Heavenly Sword Sony Cambridge
2005-07        Character and Animation Director: Eight Days, Sony  London
2005-07        Lead Concept artist: Eight Days, Sony London
2003-04        Lead Artist : Nicktoons Snapshot, Warthog Manchester
2002-03        Lead Artist on Looney Tunes Back In Action, Warner Bros
1999-02        Lead Artist on Loons, Infogrames/ Warner Bros, Manchester
1997-99        Lead Artist on PSX title Drone Supernatural, Inner Workings
1995-97        Lecturer in Sculpture, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen    
1991-94        Visual arts Co-ordinator, Tramway, Glasgow 
1990-91        Installation Co-ordinator, Tramway Glasgow
1989            Visiting Tutor, Glasgow School of Art
1988-90        Exhibition Supervisor, CCA, Glasgow


Press and Publications
2012            ‘Good Old Drawing:G.O.D”  by: Sir Nicholas Serota, et al
2011            ‘From Killzone to Canvas’ interview in Guardian Newspaper
2011            ‘Show Me The Monet’ BBC2


Grants And Awards
1995            Scottish Arts Council; Small Assistance Grant
1990            GDC Exchange Programme; 3 month exchange to Helsinki,
1990            British Council Research grant: Arte Leku, San Sebastian, Spain


Related Activities
2010               BAFTA (best art direction: handheld)
1993            Selector for Scottish Sculpture Open
1988-92        Director and Vice Chair , Glasgow Sculpture Studios
1991            Chair of Independent Artists Initiative, (Art 2000)
1989            Chair of Steering Committee for Association of Scottish Artists