Work

Selection of 'Fleur de Lys' paintings, 2004

2004

A selection of Fleur de Lys paintings in oil and oil stick on canvas, executed by Clarke in 2004.

"Variations on the fleur de lys inaugurated in The Glass Wall (1998, Corning Glass Museum) augment the cross with a foliate contour that flees from and returns to the central intersection. Virtuoso sequences of drawings and paintings explore the tension between these two. The gothic sign/shape becomes increasingly energised by apparently unpredictable, automatic line without losing its essential emblematic effect. Clarke uses a metaphor of travel: ‘the fleur de lys gives me a route map, a very scenic beautiful route map; I can explore all kinds of diversions so long as I feel I have an ultimate destination’." - Carol Jacobi in her essay ‘Weissnichtwo: Brian Clarke and the Global Sublime’.