Neptune's Daughter

Phil Clarke


Artist Statement: So many thoughts, thousands of them, go through my mind with each painting. Poems too, also songs. I watch these thoughts go by as I paint and dream. I try to hold on to the best ones and write them down. For me the sea is definitely feminine. It has a monthly cycle, tides fluctuate with the moon. In French, the sea, ‘la mer’ is a feminine noun. Boats and ships are referred to as ‘she’.

Observe the power of women. These days Angela Merkel is the leader that I admire on the world stage. Generally speaking, young girls evolve much earlier than boys. Men are much more likely to keep acting like cowboys, or like the mafia. They are often just financial cowboys.

Some might say I have objectified the woman in this painting, but to me she is a matriarchal tribal leader. The spear is just for catching dinner. All the fish listen when she speaks, and also the blue whale. -Phil Clarke.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 118 x 91 cms
Date: 2017
Condition: Excellent

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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