Andrew Clarke

About the artist:

“My work is concerned with the point at which fact and fiction collide. Through an iterative process that moves back and forth between the disciplines of drawing, painting and performance, I invoke situations and characters bordering on the absurd and conjure up ambiguous narratives which reflect the uncertainty and confusion that is symptomatic of the human condition in contemporary times.”

Adelaide based artist Andrew Clarke creates large scale figurative paintings which reinvestigate the historical phenomenon of “the Grand Narrative” in painting. Making use of a hybrid gestural language derived from a multiplicity of sources including the commedia dell arte, baroque and 19th century French history painting, and the mime of Marcel Marceau and Charlie Chaplin, Andrew presents circumstances in which the characters performing the history become cognizant of their involvement in a fiction, acknowledge the audience and at times suffer existential crises as a result.

Andrew is a founding member and member of the committee of the artist run studio and gallery Floating Goose Studios Inc.

Exhibitions:

Verisimilitude: 24th Oct – 23rd Nov 2014 (Floating Goose Studios)


The Boy in the Blue Jacket as Discobolous, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, 2014The Boy in the Blue Jacket as Discobolous, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, 2014

The Capitulation of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 29 x 53 cm, 2014The Capitulation of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 29 x 53 cm, 2014

The Elasticity of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cmThe Elasticity of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm

The Incredulity of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 34 x 48 cm, 2014The Incredulity of the Boy in the Blue Jacket, oil on canvas, 34 x 48 cm, 2014

Floating Goose Opening Exhibition (SALA): 1st – 23rd Aug 2014


Bacchanal #6, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2014Bacchanal #6, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2014

The Voyage, oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, 2014The Voyage, oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, 2014

“ARCHETYPES” – Corner Store Cafe, SALA 2013


The Pilgrim, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2013The Pilgrim, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2013

Other work:



The Hairdressing Ceremony, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2014
The Hairdressing Ceremony, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2014

Plotting the Course of an Ant, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2014Plotting the Course of an Ant, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2014

Bacchanal #5, oil on canvas, 84 x 112 cm, 2013Bacchanal #5, oil on canvas, 84 x 112 cm, 2013