Peter Clarke's abstracts are beautiful!
This is a collection of unframed Acrylic works on paper dating from the early 1960s until the 1980s. Most have never been shown before.
Since the 1960s Peter Clarke has practiced abstract painting that has emphasized texture, colour and gesture. His practice has always respected the local variant of global concerns. Early in his career he recognized the worth of continental European painting, in particular that stream of Spanish art that may be linked with matter painting. He studied the facture of Fautrier and Tapies whom he met in the 1960s. (These artists also have connections with Asian ideas). Clarke’s practice was complimented by an interest in contemporary American abstract painting of the time; this was filtered through his experiences in England and importantly Australia. His colours, textures, scale responding to the particularities of its light, landscape and traditions of an Australian practice.He was born in Deloraine, Tasmania in 1935.
He studied at Prahran Technical College from 1951–52 and the Royal Melbourne Technical College 1953–54 (RMIT University). He lectured at RMIT from 1963 and was Head of the Fine Art Department from 1981 until his retirement in 1990.