Geoffrey Clarke: Sculpture and Graphic Works 1948-1994
Artist(s): Geoffrey Clarke
Author(s): Peter Black
Year published: 1994
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 88
Illustrations: Includes 42 b&w illustrations
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Geoffrey Clarke is an exceptionally versatile artist, and although he is best known as a sculptor, he has also played a prominent role in the recent histories of printmaking and stained glass.
Clarke was admitted to the Royal College of Art in 1948 to study Graphic Design, but migrated immediately to the Stained Glass Department. This became his base for the next three years, while he also worked independently as a printmaker and iron sculptor. His sculpture and etchings were shown at the Venice Biennale in 1952, and his etchings again in 1960.
In tune with the general trend in British sculpture of the early 1960s, Clarke began producing monumental abstract forms, which he cast in aluminium in his own foundry. From the early 1950s he also became involved in an extraordinary number of commissions for new architecture: free-standing sculptures, reliefs and stained glass for some of the most important building projects of the day, such as the Time-Life Building (1952), Coventry Cathedral (1952–62) and the liners Oriana and Canberra (1962).
Geoffrey Clarke: Sculpture and graphic works 1948–1994, which was published to accompany the first museum retrospective of the artist, traces Clarke’s development in sculpture and related drawings, maquettes and photographs. It includes an illustrated biographical essay, 38 large-format plates and a catalogue of works.