Robert James Clarke has become a stalwart of AoaPC events over the last year and a half. He is has work in both the CultureLabel Postcard Lottery and The 20 Best of Art on a Postcard at Jealous which opens on the 12 April. Born in Luton in 1963, Clarke showed early artistic promise by winning local art competitions and completing ‘O Level’ and ‘A Level’ art before the age of 16. After a foundation course at Barnfield, Clarke was one of the few to be accepted to study at St Martin’s College of Art.
Upon graduation, Clarke’s large abstract canvases and animal drawings were displayed in group and solo exhibitions in Cork Street, London and Galleria Pointe, Hamburg in 1990.
After a spell of teaching the Foundation Course in Luton, Clarke decided to move to advertising to supplement his income. He remained at Magic Hat for 6 years as their Senior Art Director before returning to painting and opening the gallery PEA in Clerkenwell, London in 2001.
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London & New York signed Clarke a month after his first painting of a Smooth Fox Terrier was sent to the gallery as a Christmas card. Since the success of his first solo exhibition ‘A-Z of Dogs’, Clarke has held exhibitions both sides of the Atlantic and has been commissioned for his dog paintings in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and London.
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