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Edward Clark

American Painter

Movements and Styles: Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting

Born: May 6, 1926 - New Orleans, Louisiana

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Quotes

"I'm still trying to paint that painting...I'm never satisfied with my paintings - but I'm less satisfied with everybody else."
Edward Clark
"I'm a sum total of my experiences at this point. My art would look different now if I hadn't gone to Paris. I'm not saying this is good or bad. But it would be different. The experience of Paris is still with me."
Edward Clark

"...art is not subject to political games, its importance elevates it above any racial difference. All men of talent, of noble spirit, can make it."

Synopsis

Ed Clark is an American Color Field painter whose style was shaped by the years he spent in Paris in the early 1950s. As an African-American who had been raised in the segregated South, he found Paris tolerant, and the atmosphere encouraging. While there, he developed a sophisticated abstract style that was markedly influenced by the tachist painter Nicolas de Stael. His early work is remembered for his "push-broom technique," which encouraged his full physical involvement in painting. He is also noted for the monumental scale of his work, and the fact that he is one of the first painters to have used shaped canvases.

Biography

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Childhood

Edward Clark was born in the Storyville section of New Orleans on May 6, 1926. When he was six, his parents Merion and Edward Sr., moved their family to Baton Rouge where they lived in a shotgun house with his father's great aunt. At this time, Clark began his elementary schooling, where he was first exposed to drawing. On one occasion, a nun at his Catholic school issued a challenge to Clark and his classmates: whoever could produce the best tree drawing would receive a gold star. Taking up the challenge, Clark won acknowledgement from his teachers for his artistic abilities as well as the gold star, and this experience awakened in Clark the desire to become an artist.

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Artists

Nicolas de StaëlNicolas de Staël
Jackson PollockJackson Pollock
Mark RothkoMark Rothko
Willem de KooningWillem de Kooning
Helen FrankenthalerHelen Frankenthaler

Personal Contacts

Helen GardnerHelen Gardner
Herbert GentryHerbert Gentry
Joan MitchellJoan Mitchell
Al HeldAl Held

Movements

ExpressionismExpressionism
SurrealismSurrealism
Art InformelArt Informel
Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism
Color Field PaintingColor Field Painting

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Years Worked: 1947 - present
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Artists

Al HeldAl Held
Sam FrancisSam Francis
George SugarmanGeorge Sugarman
Frank StellaFrank Stella

Personal Contacts

Herbert GentryHerbert Gentry
Joan MitchellJoan Mitchell
Jean MiotteJean Miotte
Jacob LawrenceJacob Lawrence

Movements

Hard-edge PaintingHard-edge Painting

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