Spitfires and Primroses at Pace London

13th February 2015 to 21st March 2015

Pace Gallery, 6-10 Lexington Street, London


Press release from PACE Gallery London for Spitfires and Primroses

"Presenting the artist’s stained-glass pieces and paintings, the exhibition will be on view at 6–10 Lexington Street from 13 February to 21 March 2015. Clarke’s solo exhibition will run in conjunction with A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, a group exhibition curated by Clarke celebrating the seminal Swinging London art dealer who was both a friend and early supporter of Clarke. Pace will publish two catalogues to accompany the respective exhibitions. Clarke developed his interest in glass out of exposure to British Gothic cathedrals during his childhood in northern England. Although he maintains a classical knowledge of the medium, he has developed it beyond its largely religious siting. Clarke has filtered his understanding of stained glass’s history and  technique through a contemporary canon, employing the delicate medium to make artworks in the non-ecclesiastical traditions of Pop Art and abstraction. In recognition of the significance of architecture and in situ work in his practice, Clarke will install a new stained-glass window specifically designed for the Lexington Street gallery. The selection of paintings also demonstrates the interaction between media in the artist’s oeuvre. Paintings frequently function as the genesis of Clarke’s stained glass works, yet the distinction between the opacity of painting versus the site-specific translucency of the glass, reveals his sensitivity to colour and material."