Artist Statement: Why are we still fighting wars with each other when we have so many endangered species and a planet to save? It makes no sense at all.
Eisenhower was a top military commander. When he became president he warned his country about the dangers of giving too much power to the military industrial complex, which he knew made a lot of money out of wars. In 1963 Bob Dylan wrote Masters of War. Those were the early days of the Vietnam War. I will collage the lyrics onto my painting, because he said some pretty hard words about people who build weapons.
Now, Dylan has a Nobel Prize for literature. Meanwhile America is fighting more wars than ever, when our most essential fight is against Global Warming and loss of habitat. -Phil Clarke
Medium: Oil Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 124 x 92 cms
CHG Director's Statement: From world renowned, high society artist Phil Clarke - who calls Salvador Dali a friend - comes this exciting new selection of surreal art. Just take Dali and Warhol, then add Robert Rauschenberg, and stir… VOILA! You’ve got the brilliant surreal-ness of Phil Clarke.
Allan Hogan, Introduction: Phil Clarke always has an entertaining and whimsical insight into the human condition. His creative and technical skills enable him to focus on the chaos of change in modern society and magically transform his subjects into new visions – a wry look at what’s happening right now.
The title of his latest exhibition is “Beyond Realism”, and very quickly Phil’s respect and admiration for the work of Salvador Dali is obvious. That’s not surprising, given that Phil lived for ten years in the Spanish village of Cadaques where Dali and his wife Gala entertained a passing parade of artists and hippies.
This is Phil’s first exhibition for eight years in his home town of Sydney, and it seems to me that these are paintings for the Ages. They’re not the product of the latest fashion in art. These are sensitive and compassionate images about love and war and people, and the world around us. Continue reading here.
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