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After completing a Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander Mackie College in Sydney in 1975, Denis Clarke was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and Moya Dyring residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. As a student he exhibited at Macquarie Galleries and Bondi Pavillion in Sydney. He progressed to postgraduate studies in London at the St Martins School of Art, Byam Shaw and Morley College and set up a studio in north London.

 

From 1975 to 1998, Denis lived, exhibited and taught in London and Switzerland, teaching at the Camden School of Art, London and exhibiting most notably in London at Gillian Jason Gallery, Boundary Gallery and three one-man shows at James Colman Gallery at Montpelier Sandelson, Knightsbridge.

 

In 1998 Denis returned to live and paint in Sydney, where he exhibited with the Harris Courtin Gallery in Sydney. In 2003 he was awarded the Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive. He has collaborated with several premier arts organizations such as Opera Factory in London and Switzerland, Warwickshire Arts Festival in the UK, and most recently as the artist in residence at Wollombi Valley Arts Council.

 

Denis has lectured at the National Art School, Sydney Australia, for ten years, and runs master classes and summer schools at the Mitchell School of Art, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, the McGregor School, University of Southern Queensland, Cooee Bay Artists Camp, Yapoon, Queensland and National Art School short courses.

 

He is represented in private and public collections in Europe and Australia, including Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge and Lloyds of London.

 

Qualifications
1975                        Diploma in Art Education, Alexander Mackie CAE and National Art School, Sydney.

1975-76        Certificate of Advanced Painting, postgraduate study, St Martins School of Art, London

1976-78        Part-time study in life drawing, Byam Shaw School of Art, Chelsea School of Art,
                       and Morley College, London.

2005              Certificate IV Workplace Assessment, TAFE NSW.

 

General Biography and Awards

1974                Awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship to study abroad.

1974                Awarded the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1975                Awarded an Australian Arts Council Travel Grant.

1976-77          Awarded the Moya Dyring studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

1982                Designed set painting for the Opera Factory London production of
 Harrison Birtwhistle’s Punch and Judy.

1983-84           Designed sets and costumes for the Opera Factory Zurich production of
  Howard Goodall’s Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame.

1990-98           Exhibiting and teaching in London with exhibitions in the UK and Australia.

1998-2005       Living in Sydney, exhibitions in the UK, lecturing and exhibiting in Sydney.        

2003                 Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award.
2011                 Wollombi Valley Arts Council, Artist in Residence.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011                 Wollombi Valley Arts Council, ‘City Full Stop Bush’

2008                 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2004                 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2002                 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney

2001                 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney.

2000                 James Colman Fine Art, ‘In Colour’, London.

1997                 James Colman Fine Art, ‘New Work’, London.

1995                 James Colman Fine Art, ‘Old Lands New Visions’, London.

1991                 The Tan Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland.

1989                 Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland.

1988                 The Boundary Gallery, ‘Australia Observed’, London.

1986                 DM Gallery, Dover Street, London.

1984                 Mini Galerie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

1983                 The New South Wales House Gallery, London.

                         The Klein Theatre, ‘Stage and Costume Drawings’, Lucerne, Switzerland.

1981                 The Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney.

1978                 The New South Wales House Gallery, London.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012                 Artsite Gallery, Sydney. ‘Stilled Life’

          Artsite Gallery, Sydney. ‘Sydney Mix’

         ‘Tradition and Transformation', Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition,
                 Taichung City Dadun Cultural Centre, Taiwan

          Gosford Regional Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute Anniversary Exhibition

2011                 Mosman Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute, 88th Anniversary Exhibition

2010                 Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute.

2009                 Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute.

                         Eastgate and Holst, Gallery Artists, Melbourne.

2008                 Mosman Art Gallery, Australian Watercolour Institute, 85th Anniversary Exhibition.

2007                 The Salthouse, ‘Spirit of The Times’, Norfolk, UK.

2006                 Charles Sturt University, Visiting Lecturers Summer School Exhibition.

                         James Colman Gallery, Group Eight, Norwich, UK.

2005                 Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.

                         National Art School, ‘Walking the Line’, National Art School Academic Staff.

2004                 Melbourne Art Fair by Dagmar Art Consultants.

2003                 Blackfriars Acquisitive Drawing Award touring exhibition.

2002                 Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.

2001                 Harris Courtin Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, Sydney.

2000                 National Art School, Exhibition of Lecturers, Sydney.

1999                 Brussells Art Fair, James Colman Fine Art.

1998                 James Colman Fine Art, ‘Along the Line: A Drawing Inquiry’, London.

1995-98            Line Art, Ghent, James Colman Fine Art, Belgium.

1995-97            Art 95, Art 96, Art 97, James Colman Fine Art, Islington, London.

1995                 20th Century British Art Fair, James Colman Fine Art, London.

1994                 Alexandra Palace, Exhibition of Judges Work, London.

1993                 Boundary Gallery, ‘Winter Exhibition - Four Painters’, London.

                         Art 93, Boundary Gallery, London.

1992                 Gallery Savah, ‘Three Australian Painters’, Sydney.

1990                 Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.

                         International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London.

1989                 Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.

                         International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London.

1988                 Boundary Gallery, ‘Gallery Artists’, London.

1986                 Gillian Jason Gallery, ‘50 Years of British Drawing’, London.

1980                 New South Wales House Gallery, ‘Australian Artists of Fame and Promise’, London.

1979                 9th International Exhibition, Art Actuel, Belgium.

1978                 Morley Gallery, Annual Exhibition, London.

1974                 Macquarie Galleries, ‘Young Painters’, Sydney.

                         Bondi Pavillion Gallery, Desiderius Orban: Commemorative Exhibition.

1973                 Macquarie Galleries, ‘Young Painters’, Sydney.

 

Portraits and Commissions

2001                 Triptych, Constraint Technologies, Melbourne.

1982                 Portrait, Wilfred Beaver, Director of Exhibitions, NSW House Gallery, London.

 

Teaching Experience

1988                Exhibition and master class in conjunction with Warwickshire ArtsFestival,UK,
 Warwickshire County Museum

1982-1998      Painting, Exhibiting and Teaching in London

1999-2010            Lecturer, Department of Drawing, Undergraduate Program, National Art School, Sydney.

2010-2012          Lecturer, Department of Drawing, National Art School, for The Dobell School    

2003-2005     Teacher in drawing, The Northern Sydney Institute TAFE,  Sydney Gallery School,
                         Meadowbank   

2003-2012     Teacher in drawing, NSI TAFE, The Northern Beaches College of Fine Art, Sydney

2002-2012     Summer School tutor, Mitchell School, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

2009-2011     The McGregor School, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

 2004               Guest Artist, Cooee Bay Artists Camp, Yapoon, Queensland,

                         Tutor, National Art School short courses in Objective Drawing

 2011               Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre tutor

 

Public Collections

Macquarie University, Sydney;  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney;  Blackfriars Drawing Trust; The Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK;  General Accident Life, Headquarters, York,UK;  Lloyds of London , UK.

 

Bibliography

Waddell, Heather, London Australia Magazine, December 1979, review of NSW House London exhibition ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ with special mention.

 

Boys, Larry, Australian Women’s Weekly, 9 January 1980, colour reproduction of painting to accompany short review of ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ at NSW House London.

 

Borlase, Nancy, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 1981, review of solo exhibition of mainly London work at The Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

 

Miles, Brenda, The Daily Telegraph, 6 June 1981, ‘Painting a message’, reproduction of two drawings and article on the artist for solo exhibition at Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

 

McIntyre, Arthur, Art and Australia, Spring Issue 1982, Exhibitions of Note in 1981, special mention.

 

Phillpotts, Beatrice, Arts Review, London, May 1983, review of solo exhibition, NSW House Gallery, London, May-June 1983.

 

Bührer, E, Schaffhauser Nachrichten, 30 July 1984, ‘Die Welt als Bild und Bewegung’, review of solo exhibition at the Mini Gallery, Schaffhausen, 28 July - 25 August, 1984.

 

Atelier in der Mini-Galerie, ‘Brutalität und Idylle’, SchaffhauserAZ, 30 July 1984, review of solo exhibition at the Mini Gallery, Schaffhausen, 28 July - 25 August, 1984.

 

Waddell, Heather, ‘Lettre de Londres’, Vie des Arts, Montreal, Winter Issue 1984/5, review of solo show at NSW House Gallery, May-June 1983.

 

Waddell, Heather, New Art International, Winter 1986, review of solo exhibition at DM Gallery, Dover St, London, 5 - 30 September, 1986.

 

Elwes, Luke, ‘Australian Art Now and Then’, Galleries, April 1988, vol 5 No 11, review of ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

 

Russell Taylor, John, The Times, April 19, 1988, ‘Advance Australia fair and be recognised’, review of ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

 

‘Mother Earth encountered’, Hampstead and Highgate Express, April 29, 1988, review and reproduction of drawing from ‘Australia Observed’, shared exhibition at Boundary Gallery, April-May 1988.

 

Lucie-Smith, Edward, British Artists of the 20th Century, 1989, biographical details listed.

‘Summer in all its colours’, Hampstead and Highgate Express, August 17, 1990, review of group exhibition at Boundary Gallery, London with special mention.

 

Lovatt, Estelle, ‘The streets of London’, Southern Cross Magazine, December 13, 19995, review of solo exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 21 Nov - 21 Dec 1995.

 

Art95, ‘London Contemporary Art Fair’, Catalogue, January 1995, reproduction of ‘Still Life, Studio Corner’, 1994.

 

Art96, ‘London Contemporary Art Fair’, Catalogue, January 1996, reproduction of ‘Soho Siren’.

 

‘Denis Clarke: New Work’, catalogue of exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 30 October - 22 November 1997.

 

What’s On in London, 1997, reproduction of Man on a Park Bench and caption outlining exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, 30 October - 22 November.

 

Waddell, Heather, London Art and Artists Guide, 1997, ‘Interview with Denis Clarke’, reproductions of paintings.

 

Waddell, Heather, The London Art World 1979-99, 2000, photograph of artist in studio and paintings.

The Week, 25 March 2000, ‘Where to buy’, review of exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, April 2000.

 

‘Powerful urban images’, Collector, Wentworth Courier, May 16 2001, reproduction of painting and review exhibition at Polly Courtin Gallery, May 2001.

 

Gotting, Peter, Sydney Morning Herald, May 1 2001, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction and listing of exhibition at Polly Courtin Gallery, May 2001.

 

Kidd, Courtney, Sydney Morning Herald, May 2001, ‘Critics pick’ listings.

 

Sydney Morning Herald, 2002, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction, review and listing of exhibition at Harris Courtin Gallery, October 2002.

 

Sydney Morning Herald, 2004, ‘Spotlight’, reproduction, review and listing of exhibition at Harris Courtin Gallery, March 2004.

 

‘Walking the Line’, National Art School Academic Staff, Exhibition of Drawing catalogue, 2005.

'Tradition and Transformation', Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition Catalogue, 2012.