May I Introduce Timothy J. Clark?

30 Apr 2011

Serra Chapel by Timothy Clark, watercolor painting, 29 x 40, 2006.
Serra Chapel by Timothy Clark, watercolor painting, 29 x 40, 2006.
Timothy J. Clark: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Timothy J. Clark is a master watercolorist and oil painter whose work is included in the permanent collections of The Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, Ohio; The Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center, in Maine; and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in Washington DC. Clark's work was also recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Hammer Galleries, in New York City, which was on view through February 7. A mid-career retrospective of Clark's work opened at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in January of 2008, then traveled to The Butler Institute of American Art, in Ohio, in June and the Whistler House Museum of Art, in Lowell, Massachusetts, in August. Fine Art Connoisseur profiled the artist and his work in their July/August 2008 issue.

Donald Holden, author, editor, and artist notes, "Timothy J. Clark's delicious watercolor paintings remind me of the Italian word for a particularly fluent, graceful, and refreshing performance in any of the arts-'sprezzatura,' which means making a difficult task look effortless, like the relaxed, soaring leap of a superb athlete who has spent years preparing for this moment of triumph." A book on the artist's work, Timothy J. Clark, was published in January 2008 and covered four decades of Clark's watercolors, oils, and drawings. In the book-which features a biographical essay by executive director of the Irvine Museum and Weekend With the Masters special guest Jean Stern and text by award-winning author, art historian, and professor Dr. Lisa Farrington-Farrington writes, "Clark's ostensibly forthright watercolors...not only are glittering in their execution-bathed in sunlight, swathed in shadow, shimmering with sure-handed yet expansive and textured brushwork on papers by Fabriano, d'Arches, and Winsor & Newton-but also embody the postmodern concept of art-as-idea. These are no 'pretty pictures,' but diffidently profound documents of human existence." She then references Clark's "almost uncanny ability to infuse rudimentary and inert objects...with something akin to a human soul."           

A faculty member at The Art Students League of New York, in Manhattan, Clark has taught at the National Academy School, in New York, and teaches at Yale University's Graduate School of Architecture's Continuity and Change Program, in Rome. He is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and the Chouinard Art Institute and maintains studios in Capistrano Beach, California; West Bath, Maine; and New York City. He is represented by Hammer Galleries, in New York City. For more information on Clark, visit his website.

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