Some people are born to create – it’s in their DNA. Steven John Clark is one of those people. A sculptor, designer, and founder of denHolm (many will recognise his iconic limestone sculptures), Steve now adds painter to his repertoire of artistic pursuits.
His exhibition Flowers For Gary is the first time Steve will be formally showing his paintings. This new body of work comprises nine works (eight made with oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, polystyrene on canvas, and one with polystyrene and resin) created over a two weeks period of solid painting – Steve was even sleeping at his workshop during this time!
Energetic, cartoonish and with a touch of street art vibes, Flowers For Gary is imbued with the same pace and labour that goes into Steve’s sculptural work, but in a totally opposite way. ‘Where you have a forced reflection with stone – because you physically cannot continue, because you’re exhausted – painting is immediate, without a time lapse and magnifies my impulses’, says Steve of the difference between these two crafts.
As for who the ‘Gary’ in Flowers For Gary is? We’re still not 100% sure (‘Gary is a mate. I also find the word Gary very funny’, says Steve). But we’re sure there’s a lot more brilliance to be found in the Steve Clark creative pool – watch this space!