GEORGES CLARK - BORN 10TH OCTOBER 1896 DIED AUGUST 1990
Scottish Artist - Influenced by "The Glasgow Boys" he began his life in the streets of Montmartre, Paris watching the artists and Parisiennes in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur.He studied the "Old Masters", was influenced by the "Glasgow Boys" and avidly learned how to make paint and to varnish and glaze his paintings using ancient recipes first used by artists many hundreds of years before, His particular style reflected his training as a draughtsman and his love of the balance of colour using the chromatic circle and his fascination for the "Golden Section All of his paintings were planned and recorded in a series of notebooks which still exist.
In his 80's as his eyesight started to fail and he became less able to travel, in his studio, at home,he embarked on a series of abstracts which still retained the principles of his first paintings, maintaining the balance of colour and his fascination with the rules of perspective and the Golden Section, enjoying the freedom of his creativity and making some bold and sometimes humorous statements.
One regret was that he was never accepted into the world of the Royal Scottish Academy , but often had his work exhibited by the SSA ( Society of Scottish Artists). His works sold around the world and Kelvingrove Art Gallery bought "Back of Keppoch" in 1965. He also held exhibitions in Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Inverness as well as in galleries of the fishing villages of the Fife Coast.
His search for beauty, truth and a civilised way of life led him to study many different religions and his constant striving to learn more and more about different civilisations made him a fascinating character right up to his death in August 1990.
On other pages of this website you may start to see the unique style that he created, using the precision of his draughtsman skills and the techniques he learned from the "Masters" and his collection is a testament to the tenacity and creativity, and sometimes frustration that he expressed in his paintings. He painted on hardboard and made all his own frames. Each work is a piece of social history. Many of the buildings around Dysart and the East Coast villages where he was so often to be seen in his black beret, are long gone, knocked down by progress and the need for housing. His paintings of the West Coast reflect watery, timeless beaches and rocks. And then, latterly, the fantastic abstracts, vibrant and exciting, despite his eyesight dimming, he could still use the colours that he knew would work together to create stunning paintings.
Back of Keppoch - Date Painted: 1956 - Oil on hardboard, 40.4 x 58.2 cm - Collection: Glasgow Museums
MY FATHER : GEORGES CLARK - SCOTTISH ARTIST
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