Survival of the Fittest

Phil Clarke

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Artist Statement: Sit down for a moment and reflect on this table of privilege and power. More than half the world’s population will never have the experience of going to a decent restaurant for dinner! Separation of wealth continues to grow, with just 52 families owning half the entire world’s wealth and resources.

With the growing firestorm that global warming will continue to unleash, we might see a turning of the tables. For how long will the great unconscious urban masses be content to just ride our world’s rudderless ship ? 

Science and Defence departments both predict that things will soon get increasingly dangerous due to climate change. A humble farming family, used to survival, might fare better than a merchant banker. Maybe this lobster will swallow you or me up.

It will be ‘Survival of the fittest’, if we don’t put all our efforts into drastically reducing our still rising CO2 emissions. THE global challenge of our generation, right now. -Phil Clarke

Medium: Oil Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 124 x 192 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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