Neil Clarke

Neil was born in Mumbles, near Swansea. He’s a graduate of Central St Martins, Swansea Art collage, Swansea Architectural Stained glass department and Surrey University. His higher degrees include a Masters in Art & Design and an Advanced Diploma in Advanced glass and transparent media.

Neil makes sculptures, paintings on canvas, 2D sculptural paintings on wood & 3D sculptural constructions, which are sometimes boxed or have a containing element.
His art often explores the identity and preciousness of people, beliefs, forms or objects within a staged narrative using semi abstraction and aspects of symbolism. He enjoys producing various layers of engagement within his pieces as a way of creating a dialogue between his work and a given viewer. His work also examines the intimacy and shrine-like quality that one can instil within a piece of Art. A deliberate and interwoven vein of the personal, poetic & philosophical often runs through his work.
Resources such as kiln formed glass, mirror, metal, wood, textiles, a critical use of the found object, antiques and poetic text are utilised in his work. In fact, any material or format may be used to fuse the necessary effect within a given piece of work.

Neil has created architectural stained glass, murals, sculptures & paintings for schools, public buildings and by private commission and was formally the stained glass tutor at Guildford College. He's also been a Head of Art at British & American International schools and other schools in Wales, England, Togo, the Congo, Oman & Vietnam.

His sculptures, stained glass, kiln formed glass & murals have been exhibited, sold or are currently on display,in Wales, England, USA, Africa & Spain.
Previously Neil has been awarded three consecutive awards by the Arts Council of Wales and was sponsored by Welsh Trade International to go to New York. He has also been televised twice by channel 4 Wales with regard to his Art and televised once for his music. He has also been a finalist at the John Trip Welsh National poetry competition and has performed his poetry as a guest reader at the Dylan Thomas centre, The Poetry café, Covent Garden and The Nyorican Poetry café, South Manhattan, New York.
As far as his Artwork goes, the efficiency of his most finite work relies on exuding layered meanings within a specific visual atmosphere. Ultimately therefore, Neil asks that whosoever views his work might allow themselves to listen to what they see, rather than merely experience it subjectively.

He currently lives and works on the Gower peninsula.

Time with oak and glass
Oak fused copper in glass and antiques

BBC organic
Stained glass bakelite various hard and soft woods copper brass lead and steel flotsam and jetsam antiques and found objects

Class in glass
Lead crystal glass float glass industrial glass antique textiles antique tropical wood mahogany high tensile steel and found objects

Neil Clarke's exhibition

Tuneful love in a light hearted Tardis
Oils mirror burnt wood honeycombe fibre tuning forks

Light hearted traveller
Slate and antiques

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