Biography

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.

 



Artist Statement

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.


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The Cleveland National Art Awards 2019

Otago Art Society, Dunedin, New Zealand, May/ June 2019


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Aspects

BSA Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2018

AQUA ET LUX

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Christchurch,  New Zealand,  September/October 2017

Lights Camera Action

12 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2017

Time Frames

PGgallery192, Christchurch, New Zealand, May 2 – 27, 2016.



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Ballet Bodies

Windsor Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, April 2019

"Time" 

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

Eclectic Art

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

Night Vision

AfterMath Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, December, 2017

Ugly

Linus Galleries, On line, Long Beach, USA, October, 2017

Analog v.Digital

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

ARTHOUSE

12 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, January, 2017

ELECTRON SALON

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

 15th Annual Summer All Media Juried International Art Exhibition

Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, USA, August, 2016

  Art Exhibition Figurative,  Special Merit Award.

Light Space and Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL. USA, July, 2016

 CPIT Exhibition

CoCa GalleryChristchurch, New Zealand, 1999



FILM


'Terpsichore' 

Uni Shorts, International Student Film Festival.  

Best Experimental Animation, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2016


'SNIP' 

Uni Shorts, International Student Film Festival

Finalist Fiction Category, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2014

 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,

 

'Wonder'

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 


'Lenny Minute'

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 2019https://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 Compass2018

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 Frameshe 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)

http://www.upstreampeoplegalle...

 'The New Zealand Artist' magazine May/June 2016. Featured Artist: Ken Clark pp38-41

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...