CLARKE, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Clarke  British 1924-1914

Geoffrey Clarke, sculptor and print maker.  He studied at various art schools before serving in the War with the RAF. Completing his education before attending the Royal College of Art in 1948, where he remained until 1952.

Originally did the Graphics course, he changed and studied Stained Glass. His window panel was awarded a silver medal, an honour unheard of for a first-year student. In 1950 Clarke’s name forward for inclusion to rebuild Coventry Cathedral, he made an alter piece a Cross of Nails and helped with the Nave windows. By the time of the 1952 Biennial, the 27-year-old sculptor was at work on a decade-long series of commissions.  In 1951 he was awarded a Royal College Travelling Scholarship and also received the silver medal at the Milan Triennial for a collaboration with Robin Day, the furniture designer. He returned to the Royal College from 1968 to 1973, where he was Head of Light Transmission and Projection Department.

Clarke’s first solo show was held at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, in 1952, the same year in which his work was included in the Venice Biennale. In 1965 he had a retrospective at the Redfern Gallery, London; his work was included in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery,  British Sculpture in the 1960s; he was selected for British Sculptors ‘72, at the Royal Academy of Arts and for British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981.

In his later career, much of Clarke’s work was commission-based, cast in a foundry in a barn at his home in Suffolk. Clarke’s work is held in many prestigious public and private collections around the world.

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