Jonathan Clarke

Writing about Jonathan’s first solo show at Chappel Galleries, 1993, Galleries Magazine noted his ‘line of inheritance from the masters of the century, from Naum Gabo, through Henry Moore, to Eduardo Paolozzi.’

Jonathan Clarke's style while abstract, reference the figure and the architectural. They carry a great deal of emotional resonance, often taking inspiration from social, spiritual and mythological subject matter. Other influences that Jonathan cites include the sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Anthony Caro, as well as two-dimensional artists such as Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko.
Jonathan has had a series of successful exhibitions over the years with regular shows at North House Gallery and Chappel Galleries, both in Essex, and Strand Gallery in Suffolk. He also has had work exhibited internationally, in Italy, Denmark and the US, and the Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Between 1989 and 1999, he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show seven times.
Jonathan Clarke’s skill in creating monumental sculptures has attracted a number of prestigious commissions nationally. Public commissions in the East of England include an eleven metre wall-mounted cross for Ely Cathedral 'The Way Of Life', 2001, an eye-catching figure for the town of Colchester 'Boudica', 1999, and a twelve-piece exhibit for Trinity Hall’s permanent collection in Cambridge 'Twelve', 2006.