Ken Clark, one of the few New Zealand artists to be selected for the 'On Screen' project at the Saatchi Gallery in London, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1957. His early work has been mainly in film and television as a film and videotape editor, animator and director. He has a Graduate Certificate in Design from CPIT and a BFA (Hons) from Canterbury University. His artwork divides into two areas, one practice is rooted in figurative traditions and abstracted images, but both usually start with filmed or digitally captured images. Often multilayered images arise in which the seemingly certain reality is questioned. His practice isolates the movements of humans and/or objects and by doing so, new realities are created which informs the inseparable relationship between the artist and the viewer. His print work re-contextualizes ancient and modern icons and motifs often showing the close artistic bond between ancient and modern humans irregardless of geographic distances.
He has works represented exclusively in Miami, USA by d|a|c (Design Art Concepts), nationally by 12 Gallery and Chambers Gallery, NZ Art Broker and internationally by Linus Galleries, Long Beach, USA and LoosenArt, Rome, Italy.
As a youngster I filmed stories and animated pictures and objects, making static things move. Creating a new visual reality. I then worked for over 25 years in film and television, again manipulating moving images. I have now changed my focus. In my paint work rather than making things move I want to explore the forms within motion and what realities lie within the microseconds between motion. Even though my practice finishes as a still image it starts out as motion picture film or video. I am so used to editing, animating or adding special effects on a computer that I find a computer is the way to realize my view, an enhanced reality. What I show is my visual interpretation of a reality and in my reality the viewer will always see their own reality. With my print practice I am not afraid of the two- dimensional surface of the paper. The colours and shapes I use are all memories from my life.
The Cleveland National Art Awards 2019
Otago Art Society, Dunedin, New Zealand, May/ June 2019
BSA Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2018
AQUA ET LUX
AQUA ET LUX
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, September/October 2017
Lights Camera Action
12 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2017
PGgallery192, Christchurch, New Zealand, May 2 – 27, 2016.
Windsor Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, April 2019
Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, USA, March 15 – April 28, 2019
Pride Week Exhibition
Windsor Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, February 2019
Bodies in Movement
Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy, 1st -28th February 2019
The Healing Power of Art 2019,
Manhatten Arts International "Arabesque", Award of Excellence, January - March, 2019
Windsor Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, June/July, 2018
NZ Art Show, Entrant for New Zealand Art Show Emerging Artist Award
TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand, May-June, 2018
AfterMath Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, December, 2017
Linus Galleries, On line, Long Beach, USA, October, 2017
Foley Gallery, New York, USA, August, 2017
Artbox.Project Basel 1.0
"Euroairport" Basel, Switzerland. June, 2017
The Sunday Show
12 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, May, 2017
CityScapes Art Exhibition, Special Recognition Award
Light Space and Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL. USA, February, 2017
Water and Sky & Sea of Art
bG Gallery, Santa Monica, USA, February, 2017
12 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, January, 2017
LACDA, (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, USA, January 12 - February 11, 2017
On Screen Project,
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, December, 2016-
DECEMBER 2016 ALL PHOTOGRAPHY
Contemporary Art Gallery Online, December Art Competition.
SNAP TO GRID
LACDA, (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, USA, December 8-31, 2016
Artbox.Project Miami 1.0
Miami, FL, USA, December, 2016
2nd International Juried Exhibition "Show Your World"
Gallery MC, New York City, USA, November 10 - November 22, 2016
'WE LOVE PEOPLE' photography exhibition at
Atelier Alen, Baaderstr. 34 in Munich, Germany. August, 2016
Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, USA, August, 2016
Light Space and Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL. USA, July, 2016
CoCa Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1999
Uni Shorts, International Student Film Festival.
Best Experimental Animation, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2016
Uni Shorts, International Student Film Festival
Finalist Fiction Category, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2014
2014 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards
2014 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for a ‘MOA’ (NZ 'Oscar'), Auckland, New Zealand, October 2014
'Illusions of Motion"
listed in the Clermont-Ferrand 39th Short Film Festival Catalogue. 2014
'All the Years of Trying'
The Raindance Festival, The Apollo West End, London, UK. September 30 - October 11, 2009,
The Museum of Television & Radio November 1 to November 23, 2003, in Los Angeles and November 8 to November 30, 2003, in New York
2003 New Zealand Academy of Film and Television Arts
Nominated for Best Contribution to Design Award
Cannes Film Festival Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Short Film) 1993, Ann Arbour Film Festival (US), Jury Award (Best Narrative Film) 1994
'A Silent Welcome'
Christchurch International Film Festival, 1976
'The Imaginary Zoo'
3rd in the New Zealand Section, BBC Television. ASIFA, ICOGRADA Animated Film Competition, 1973
EVENTS AND REVIEWS
"Groats VVorth of Witte" and "Metal Moments" nominated for The Cleveland National Art Awards 2019
Time, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, USA, March 2019, https://www.j2gallery.com/exhi...
Bodies in Movement, February 2019, https://www.loosenart.com/blog...
Selected for inclusion in Art Domain's “Who's Who in Visual Art” 2020
Included in the HIMMELBLAU Art Compass, 2018.
Nominated in Emergent in the NZ Art Show 2018
Ugly, Linus Galleries, October 2017, https://linusgallery.com/art-g...
ART Habens Art Review, August 2017
ART Habens review of Time Frames I
"Artist Ken Clark's work explores the individual frames that make up a moving image, to consider the vital relationship between direct experience and visual interpretations. In his cross-disciplinary project Time Frames, he accomplishes the difficult task of triggering the spectatorship's' perceptual and cultural parameters. The power of Clark's approach lies in his insightful and unconventional inquiry into the viewers' perceptual processes, using in strategic ways he generates new practical and theoretical perspectives."
Full article at: https://issuu.com/arthabens/do...
Analog v. Digital http://www.foleygallery.com/ex...
'Wotisart', magazine, UK, July 2017
"A5" magazine, UK, June 2017
"Sitting" and "A One Night Stand's Morning" nominated for Waitakere Art Awards 2017
Water and Sky & Sea of Art http://wsimag.com/art/23844-se...
15th Annual Summer All Media Juried International Art Exhibition Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, USA, August 2016
"KEN CLARK of Christchurch, New Zealand has a sense of elongation in terms of his pictorial space and his work "Conception" shines out. The high saturated color together with the central light effect helps to speak out about the birthing process. In a similar format, his "Phoebe 16031" is an intermixture of the pixelated with the tighter realism suggestive of a kind of mystery woman. The intense yellow contrasting color adds to a kind of dynamism." - Laurence Bradshaw: Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History, University of Nebraska. (Juror)
New Zealand Television Awards 2003, Nominated, Brand Spank, Best Contribution to Design,
NZ ON SCREEN online showcase of New Zealand Television, Film and Music www.nzonscreen.com/per...