Overview

From animals created from maps, labels and discarded tickets, to garments carefully crafted from gift wrapping, musical scores and love letters, Peter Clark has the rare ability to turn ordinary printed matter into exquisite works of art with character, beauty and wit.

Whether it’s at a car boot sale in Chiswick, an antiques fair in Sussex, or further afield to flea markets in France, USA, Japan and India, he travels far and wide to source materials for his next pieces.

 

Each of Peter’s wonderfully detailed creations is sparked by a word or phrase that strikes him somehow and sends him off to the dictionary to really study and think about how he can illustrate the concept. His explanation of the work is disarmingly simple: “I interpret the written word, hopefully with humor!” There is, of course, much more to it than that; and it always starts out with his first love: drawing!

 

“I look at collage rather like music mixing and multiculturalism: exciting and, if done sensitively, it can go anywhere and do anything. But you must avoid the ‘you can do anything on computers these days’ syndrome.” To that end, Peter resists computer manipulation and photocopying, preferring instead to do hands-on work with actual pieces of paper and glue.

 

His success worldwide is a testament to the many years Clark has spent creating and travelling, always alongside his wife Karen Nicol.

Works
Exhibitions
Biography

Born in Yorkshire in 1944, Peter Clark grew up in the North of England in a tiny farming community. Peter then studied at Manchester College of Art and Design from 1962-1966. He started by having a prolific career in design and illustration. For the most part, he worked in his home studio, next door to the studio of his wife, Karen Nicol, a textile artist.

EXHIBITIONS

2020

 Portland Gallery, London
2019

Portland Gallery, London
2018

Portland Gallery, London

2016

Galerie Portland, Londres
2015

Gilman Contemporary Gallery, Idaho USA
2014

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, NYC
2013

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2012

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2011

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, NYC
2010

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
CODA Museum, Apeldoorn Holland
Holland Paper Biennale, Rijswik Holland

2009

Paul Smith, London
2008

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2007

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Paul Smith, NYC
Paul Smith, LA

2005

Paul Smith, LA
2003

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Paul Smith, Milan
2002

Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney
2000

Gabrielle Skelton Limited, London