Sketch for 'Reinstate Pluto!'

Phil Clarke

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Artist Statement: I don’t know where new images come from. Keith Richards is not the hedonistic playboy type one imagines. His autobiography reveals a lot about the various periods in his life. So I was amused to see his well worn face on the Runway at some haute couture fashion show like Karl Lagerfeld.

You can see here he has just reached his pause and turn at the end of the runway, and he swirls his three quarter length overcoat open to show a bit underneath. Quite the professional. I was looking at Keith and the amazing new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon. Perfect opposites in fact, yet they have a common thread. Both are ex-household names, now discarded old dudes taking any new gig. Keith and Pluto! That is my kind of Pop Surrealism. -Phil Clarke

Medium: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 60 x 64 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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