Artist Statement: In Spain I used to love it when these succulent apples came into season. The sweetest lady in Cadaques, a true local village shopkeeper, just referred to them as ‘Goldens’.
Now, everything looks perfect here. But, just like the apple and tropical fish floating at 24,000 feet, things can’t go on this way. Our best marine scientists inform us that coral reefs around the world are bleaching rapidly right now and will disappear within a generation. Atolls and island chains will be battered by growing storms and tidal events that will wash them away completely. These juicy apples and summer fruits will get dryer, as dwindling water for irrigation is shared too many ways. On every front, from loss of habitat to melting of the vast permafrost, the environmental outlook is depressing. How can we continue to elect leaders who are so weak that they ignore their own scientific and national security advisors? - Phil Clarke.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 110 x 91 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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