Artist Statement: I always think of the planets as feminine. Like Mother Earth, for example. This painting was inspired by the first amazing close up images of the Rings of Saturn which came from the Voyager Space Probe when it flew close past Saturn on its way out to the edge of the Heliosphere and then on out into deep space.
I have tried to make this woman as mysterious and beautiful as the Rings of Saturn. We are the cosmos too. Each atom in our body is trillions of years old. And when we look out at our cosmos, we are just the universe observing itself through the eyes it has given us. -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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