Basement Gallery

Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke

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.


Untitled Warrnambool  I 1966

Peter Clarke
Untitled Warrnambool I 1966

Charcoal and washes
57 x 78 cm

$4,500

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Untitled  Warrnambool II 1966

Peter Clarke
Untitled Warrnambool II 1966

Charcoal with washes and sand
58.5 x 79 cm

$4,500

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Temple  1975

Peter Clarke
Temple 1975

Acrylic washes
75 x 105 cm
$4,500

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Untitled Grey 1978

Peter Clarke
Untitled Grey 1978

Acrylic and pastel on paper
75.5 x 105..5 cm
Signed and dated

$4,500

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On & Through Grey

Peter Clarke
On & Through Grey

Acrylic and collage
74.5 x 105.5 cm

$4,500

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Westgate 1983

Peter Clarke
Westgate 1983

Acrylic on paper
77.4 x 108 cm
Signed, dated and titled on reverse

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Untitled Red and Grey

Peter Clarke
Untitled Red and Grey

Acrylic
73.5 x 105 cm

$4,500

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Poseidon II 1981

Peter Clarke
Poseidon II 1981

Acrylic
57.5 x 76.5 cm

$3,500 framed

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Untitled Orange 1978

Peter Clarke
Untitled Orange 1978

Acrylic and pastel
57.5 x 76.5 cm

$3,500  framed

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Green Tide 1978

Peter Clarke
Green Tide 1978

Acrylic and collage
57 x 76.5 cm

$3,500 framed

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Untitled Green 1978

Peter Clarke
Untitled Green 1978

Acrylic and collage
57.5 x 76.5 cm
Signed and dated

$3,000

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Poseidon 1981

Peter Clarke
Poseidon 1981

Acrylic on paper
57.5 x 76.5 cm

$3,000

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Study for Tapestry 1978

Peter Clarke
Study for Tapestry 1978

Acrylic wash with collage
57 x 76 cm

$3,000

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Rising Grey 1990

Peter Clarke
Rising Grey 1990

Acrylic
73.5 x 105 cm

$4,500

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