'Paint Tubes' and 'Caramels', 2010


“Drawing is a personal practice for Clarke, a daily habit and a means of permitting and evolving an individual vision, developing from the nervy contours of his early life-studies tthe ‘whistle of a line’ that has become his signature in all media. The most mischievous aspect of Clarke’s mark-making is in his extension of concepts of drawing to unexpected means. Tape and paper shapes, bright sweet wrappers and Winsor and Newton labels, are distributed like impressionist brushstrokes. The understanding of decoupage as an extension of drawing in dialogue with more conventional media, distinguishes Clarke from other practitioners of collage techniques."