Peter Clarke Abstracts
Since the 1960s Peter Clarke has practiced abstract painting that has emphasised 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.