CLARKE, Jonathan P

1961 - ?

Jonathan Clarke

Born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 14 May 1961, son of Geoffrey Cyril Petts Clarke [q.v.] and his wife Ethelwynne Tyrer, who married at Leigh, Lancashire in 1947. Educated at Sudbury Upper School and studied under his father. Jonathan works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method, pioneered by his father and mastered by Jonathan, relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium which results in an entirely unique, one-off sculpture. His style, whilst abstract and architectural, carries a great deal of emotional resonance, often taking inspiration from social, spiritual and mythological subject matter. Other influences that Jonathan cites include the sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Anthony Caro, as well as two-dimensional artists such as Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. His first solo exhibition was at Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1993 and has had a series of successful exhibitions over the years with regular shows at North House Gallery and Chappel Galleries, both in Essex, and Strand Gallery in Suffolk and was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show seven times 1989-1999. He has also exhibited abroad including in Italy, Denmark, the USA and the Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo. Jonathan Clarke’s renowned skill for creating monumental sculptures has attracted a number of prestigious commissions, including an 11-metre wall-mounted cross for Ely Cathedral 'The Way Of Life', a figure of 'Boudica' for the town of Colchester and a twelve-piece exhibit 'Twelve', for Trinity Hall’s permanent collection at Cambridge. He married at Sudbury, Suffolk in 1988, Joanne Caddell and has one son and they still living in Suffolk at Burnt Hill House, Hartest, Bury St Edmund's.

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