'Life isn't perfect, neither am I'
Artist John Clare Opening May 27th from 5:00pm
Exhibition from May 27th - June 10th
Growing up in a working class south London family, what he saw in and around had a profound effect on the life and work of multi media artist, John Clare. Drawing on his own personal experience to attack the human emotions-death, depression, murder, addiction, love, immigration and youth - he brings our attention to many topics.
"Life isn't perfect, neither am I" states Clare. Not interested in painting the perfect picture, you have to view his work not as a window but as a door, daring us to walk through and face his and perhaps our own demons. His work makes us confront and question everything about life - something he believes that great art should do beyond something pretty to look at. the work has a way of making the viewer feel a little uncomfortable. This deliberate gesture with his exciting energetic, somewhat violent brush marks and the use of taboo and ugly objects, forces us to deal with his and our own well being. He is drawn to all the imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make us human and confronts us directly about the paths he chose and at some point we all take.
Clare intends his works to be a celebration of life rather than death and destruction
Bacon describes painting like making love. John Clare (fucks the arse of it) creating to an intense level. He has a very distinct style which is instantly recognisable and has taken years to acquire. We find as the title to one of his works, "Life is Beautiful But its Not Perfect."