Artist Biography - Michael G Clark

Michael G Clark RAI PSW was born in Ayr in 1959 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1979-83 BA (Hons).

When he graduated in 1983, a love of film led to Clark working for the BBC in Glasgow. Moving to London in 1989 he worked as a freelance art director, gradually spending more time painting.

He visited Paris for the first time in 1980, walking for miles,
... drinking in the atmosphere and revelling in the style of the city and its people. He loved the cafés and the streets – the different iconography the city had to offer – and he has returned every year.

Clark's recent paintings focus on the relationship between the artist, and this country. The paintings are a celebration of life, and love of both people and place, linking the simple yet significant pleasures of everyday activities to their surroundings.

Fashion, a shop window, a street scene, a special dress for a special occasion, whether a serene wedding dress or a killer LBD – these are recurrent themes in Michael’s work.
Working from a studio at the top of his house in Ayrshire, Michael Clark has built up a growing following for his work through extensive solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK. He was recently listed by the Glasgow Herald as one of “50 artists to invest in”. Clark's style is celebrated for its use of palette, breaking down subject matter into planes of colour and shadow.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh 'Amour Amore'
  • 2018 John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh 'Those moments of Leisure'
  • 2017 Thompson’s Marylebone, London, ‘A Sense of Place’
  • 2016 Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh, ‘A Tale of 2 Cities’
  • 2015 Thompson’s Marylebone, London, ‘Beaucoup d’Amour’
Awards

  • 2017 Ruthven Gallery Award at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
  • 2015 Artist Surfaces Award at the Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition
  • 2011 The Jamieson Award at The Scottish Drawing Competition
  • 2010 Winsor and Newton Award at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
Collections

  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • The Maclaurin Trust Collection
  • First State Investments
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