"Just take Dali and Warhol, then add Robert Rauschenberg, and stir… VOILA! You’ve got the brilliant surreal-ness of Phil Clarke…" Mark Widdup.
Philip Clarke was born in Sydney Australia in 1953. He attended Lindfield (Public) Demonstration School from 1965 - 1970 then was awarded a scholarship to Sydney Grammar School, which he attended from 1970 - 1975.
After school he studied Commerce/Law at the University of NSW and then art at the National Art School, (Alexander Mackie Campus). His first solo show was held in 1976.
From 1977 - 1987 he lived and worked overseas including Cadaques, Spain, Paris, Amsterdam and London. In Cadaques he worked with, studied under, and befriended the modern maestro, Salvador Dali from 1978-83.
His portrait of Clive Evatt was hung in 1983 Archibald Prize, Sydney.
From 1987 - 1997 Phil Clarke lived in Hong Kong where he was recognised as a high profile "society artist", holding 16 solo shows.
From 1997 to 2012 he has lived in Sydney, Bangkok, Beijing, and Phi Phi Island, Thailand.
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