The Art of Light


Brian Clarke: The Art of Light

With an introduction by Sir Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and an essay by Professor Paul Greenhalgh, curator and then-Director of the SCVA.

Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition The Art of Light at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, and at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and catalogue of the series of stained glass screens.

First edition printed by Hurtwood Press for HENI.

Second edition by HENI.

Hardback, 286 pages (1st edition); 284 pages (2nd edition). ISBN: 978-1-912122-17-2.

"Originally produced to accompany an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, this edition will accompany the artist’s exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, which will have as its centrepiece 30 stained-glass screens made by Brian Clarke. This book captures what the artist himself describes as ‘the organic urgency of invention’, still maintaining the stunning beauty present in ‘the craft of the Middle Ages’ while using new technologies to reinvent the craft to make it more accessible, as demonstrated by the portable screens featured in his exhibitions.

The Art of Light is a testament to Clarke’s belief that ‘stained glass has an authority and potential to deal with every human condition’. This book contains 250 illustrations that capture the depth and range of Clarke’s oeuvre, with an introduction by architect Norman Foster, and an essay by the director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Paul Greenhalgh." – HENI, on the 2nd edition