Blue and White Computergram series


Blue Computergram and White Computergram are a series of unique, modular works in oil paint screenprinted on canvas and individually overpainted by the artist, each 76cm square. The Blue Computergram works were a group of forty canvases printed at Kelpra Studios, London (printers of Clarke's classic series The Two Cultures and other screenprints), exhibited as a single monumental painting at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1981. The artist made a number of independent, modular Blue Computergram assemblages of varying sizes from these forty. Twenty-four additional Blue Computergrams were commissioned by Olympus to form a single painting for their European headquarters in Hamburg, and a further five works were made from the same screens in that same year. Other groupings of the RIBA canvases were exhibited at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and at the Yao Seibu Hall, Osaka, in 1987. Olympus also commissioned two White Computergram paintings as part of the scheme for their headquarters: one a composition comprising twenty-four canvases, and the other an almost entirely overpainted set of sixteen, which Clarke worked on in situ, their geometric shapes just visible through a thickening cloud of white oil paint.