Daniel Clarke: Long Island. Works on Paper

Daniel Clarke: Long Island. Works on Paper
Gerhard Steidl, Diana Michener, Daniel Clarke, Paloma Tarrio Alves
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Daniel Clarke began creating drawings in 2001 and they continue to be an integral part of his multi-faceted practice alongside the mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture. Often large in scale, his drawings combine iconography from his life and surroundings with warm abstractions: here are self-portraits, figures and faces; tokens of the everyday, from a ladder, spade and bicycle, to a rocking horse, baseball glove and ball; terrace doors opening onto a view of luminous flora and an evident delight in Matisse. Typically made with a mixture of charcoal, watercolor and pastel, Clarke' s drawings shimmer with color; his line vibrates; fore-and backgrounds shift, sometimes interacting with an element of collage, perhaps a map or even the front page of Le Monde. Long Island is the most extensive presentation of Clarke' s works on paper to date and their first publication in book form. Fresh, direct, without apology. Difficult to not think of Beckman: the line quick and intense, the figures retain a symbolism and beauty that emerge with difficulty within a saturated atmosphere that is both poignant and full of irrational situations. A European atmosphere impregnates these new works, giving place to a new realism. - Annalisa Rimmaudo
Born in 1971 in Southampton, New York, Daniel Clarke completed his studies at Yale University in 1993, before moving to Paris where he has lived and worked since. Clarke has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States, and his work is held in prominent public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C. ; Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence; and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven. He is represented by Galerie Francoise Besson in Lyon and Planthouse Gallery in New York.