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Mark Clarke “Classics” Show
September 25 • 12:00 pm - October 26 • 5:30 pm
Karin Clarke Gallery welcomes Fall with a beautiful show of classic works by the beloved Eugene artist Mark Clarke (1935-2016). The focus of this full-gallery exhibit is his acrylic landscape paintings of various sizes, from large-scale to small, done in his signature “myopic” style.
Clarke often started paintings out of doors, but then enjoyed working on them for long periods of time in the studio, allowing them to “soften,” as he would say, to give a subtle impression of a place. His landscapes are thick with the atmosphere and mood of the Northwest. His later work, which is well represented in this show, was done from memory.
The pieces in this exhibit were framed by the artist, in most cases using frames he built and painted himself. Clarke would modestly refer to them as “old studio frames,” but in fact they are sturdy, beautifully crafted frames that collectors of his work associate with his paintings.
The retrospective “Our Lives in Paint” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art showcased the art of Mark Clarke and his wife, Margaret Coe. This exhibit presents an opportunity to explore a larger selection of the work for which Clarke was admired.
Please join the family of Mark Clarke at a First Friday Opening Reception, starting at 5:30 p.m. on September 7th.