Martin Clarke



MARTIN CLARKE – ARTIST STATEMENT

Martin first picked up a brush in June, 2001 with the express purpose of “splashing some colour on a board” to fill up a blank space on a wall, with no idea of the latent talent just waiting for the chance to express itself. A career in science had fostered an inquiring mind and early efforts and experimentation lead to a fascination with the visual medium, which developed into a passion to learn about and develop skills in painting.
Self taught, the pursuit of art knowledge and diligent practice to hone and apply that knowledge, has enabled Martin to develop a distinctive style of representational realism in a relatively short period.
The proximity of and a close affinity with the ocean has prompted seascapes to become the favoured subject in Martin’s work. Martin paints exclusively with oils, delighting in the longer open time and the blending possibilities, often on large canvases.
While Martin’s inspiration is often the sea or water, his constant challenge is to capture the light as it plays across any scene, interacting with forms and colours. He finds it an absorbing, exhilarating, sometimes frustrating and always stimulating challenge, resulting in vibrant, exciting works which are true to their source.
Martin’s studio and home is in Mandurah, Western Australia, surrounded by water with the Indian Ocean, the Peel Harvey Estuary and the Dawseville Cut all close by, and the fabulous coastline of the Capes Region a couple of hours to the south. Most of his seascapes come from these areas, but he is always traveling to find new vistas and inspiration.

Martin’s work can now be found in collections in WA, Victoria, the USA and England.

2012
• Solo Exhibition “Into the Light” Wills Domain Gallery
• Exhibited in the Mandurah Mandjar Awards
• Co-author of the book “The Art of Painting Landscapes, Seascapes and Skyscapes in Oil and Acrylic” published by Walter Foster Publishing.

2011
• Solo Exhibition “Southern Shores” Wills Domain Gallery
• Artist of the Month, Boranup Gallery

2010
· Exhibited in the Mandurah Mandjar Awards
· Exhibited in the Vasse Art Awards

2009
· Exhibited in the Mandurah Mandjar Awards
· Exhibited in the Vasse Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Pinjarra Rotary Art Awards
· Group Exhibition, Alcoa Mandurah Gallery, Jul – Aug.
· Group exhibition, “Christmas Shop”, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2008
· Solo Exhibition, Exeter Art Gallery
· Finalist Australian Artist “Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes” competition
· Exhibited in the Mandurah Mandjar Awards
· Exhibited in the West Australian Art Awards, Perth Royal Show
· Exhibited in the City of Melville Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Town of Vincent Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Margaret River Rotary Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Pinjarra Rotary Art Awards
· Group exhibition, “Christmas Shop”, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2007
· Commissioned work presented to Healthways by the Director, Margaret River Drug Aware Pro.
· Group exhibition, “Christmas Shop”, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
· Group exhibition, “The Sum of Us”, Artopia
· Exhibited in the Mandurah Mandjar Awards
· Exhibited in the West Australian Art Awards, Perth Royal Show
· Exhibited in the City of Melville Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Town of Victoria Park Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Town of Vincent Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Margaret River Rotary Art Awards
· Exhibited in the Pinjarra Rotary Art Awards

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