The 'Tribute' paintings, 1976–1977


Site Plan, painted in 1977, was inspired by Norman Foster's Willis Faber Dumas Building, for which Clarke was later commissioned to design a tapestry, and is in the collection of Sheffield City Art Galleries. Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 152 cm.

Tribute to Kasimir Malevich, acrylic on canvas.

"The first time the cross occurred as a conscious element in my painting was in 1977 – I had intended to paint a homage to the Russian Suprematist artist Kasimir Malevich. I’d nearly completed the work but wasn’t satisfied, so decided to reverse the canvas and paint on the back. It was night, and the moonlight coming through the windows into my studio lit the cross-shaped framework of the stretcher, the light was purple and it was beautiful. The solution was right there – I painted around the cross. 'Tribute to Malevich' was the first instance of the motif that has preoccupied a great part of my art." – Brian, 2019.