Denis Clarke, Marrickville, 2018. Oil on linen, 104 x 130cm. Courtesy: the artist and Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney.
Denis Clarke is known for his landscape and bush painting, however Previously Unseen is a new envisioning of the urban environment. A subject that has fascinated him for over a decade is now revealed.
Previously Unseen is grounded in drawing and painting directly from a subject: factories and urban streets, to explore structure and space. The challenge is one of interpreting the human built environment that we live amongst and experience our lives within. Cities are our emotional landscape and Clarke’s work is a meditation on what the visual outcomes of that are.
In describing his practice, the artist explains: “In beginning a painting, I am at first apprehensive; I proceed with a mix of drawing and painting and an element of indecision. I need something to observe so as to scan and take hold of shapes from buildings, spaces near and far, inspiration for colour and figures which inform the space.”
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 23 May 2019