North House Gallery is pleased to present this exhibition of new abstract sculpture by Jonathan Clarke.
Jonathan Clarke (born 1961, Bury St Edmunds) was apprenticed in the studio of his father, the Royal Academician Geoffrey Clarke, from the age of 16 and started exhibiting in 1981.
He works primarily in sand cast aluminium, making the initial model out of polystyrene, a process developed by his father.àÂ
He has exhibited extensively in the UK with regular shows at Chappel Galleries in Essex, Strand Gallery in Suffolk and Open Eye in Edinburgh, Belgrave Gallery in St Ives, Pallant House, Chichester and Bruton Street Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include Galleria Ca'Rezzonica, Venice, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, various venues in Denmark and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He has shown at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and the Palazzo Ducale in Gubbio, Perugia.àÂ
Major pieces have been commissioned for Ely Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum and Southall Minster among others. In fact most of his public works have been fairly monumental in size and this exhibition does include some large pieces but the focus will be on smaller work more suited to the domestic scale of North House Gallery: works like âMaking Time' (illustrated) that is made of painted cast aluminium in three pieces which can be arranged and rearranged at will. Similar works are cast in iron.
There are wall pieces, also in cast aluminium painted white and of a suitably domestic scale; two much larger floor pieces consisting of two panels leaning against each other; and 'table pieces' for inside or outside with steel legs supporting minimal flat landscapes, inspired by coastal fortifications,àÂ cast in iron and designed to gently rust (although thick enough not to rust away!)
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