Artist Statement: Thanks to Einstein, we understand so much about the space time continuum, which has ripples and gravitational distortions in it, just as he predicted nearly 100 years ago! Now with the Hubble telescope and other large arrays, we can look very far out into space, and so back in time, billions of years now.
Isn’t this a kind of visual time travel? So sit back and relax. Enjoy the view. The light from spiral galaxies and nebulae that existed millions or billions of years ago is just reaching us now. Although time occasionally seems to stand still, like the steam train in this picture, it travels according to schedule. Time really does wait for no one. -Phil Clarke.
Medium: Oil 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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