Acrylic painting by Ian Clark
Ian Clark was born in Kamilaroi lands, North Western NSW where he spent most of his early years. He recently completed the TAFE Visual Arts course at Bendigo as an adult student, during which time he developed his distinctive and powerful painting and printmaking style.
He doesn’t draw, plan or design his canvas: instead he begins painting in one place and lets his story or subject ‘construct itself’. The act of painting for him is often spiritual, a form of prayer or meditation. Sometimes the work is completed to his satisfaction; other times he halts midway, overpaints the work and begins again.
He describes painting as a positive force in his life and states ‘Sometimes I am the kid; constructing again’. He works slowly and methodically in acrylics on canvas depicting stories to do with nature and his own life and philosophy. In 2012, one of his linocuts was exhibited in the prestigious Silk Cut Printmaking Award and was acquired by the Australian National Gallery.
He states: ”To me, art is like prayer. There are only two important things to remember…to start…and to continue…”[I. Clark, 2013]
The resultant dots and colours of his paintings and the linear patterns of his linocuts pulsate with intense and rhythmic vibrations. They are the spiritual creations of a contemporary artist with a powerful, storytelling heritage.