Artist Statement: The original of this was a beautiful small picture. It was a fascinating picture to paint, and it was quickly sold. Still, I had done a large transparency, which made it possible to create the photo lithograph, which is printed on the best heavy Japanese paper. I was just lucky to find this paper in Hong Kong. Once I found it, I bought it all, about half a ton of paper. This paper wholesaling outfit in Wanchai thought I must be kidding !
The image comes from the combination of opposites. The tower of Babel was a strong symbol of man’s folly, yet I built it by hand, onto Neptune’s fascinating looking moon Triton, a picture which was captured by the Voyager space probe back in 1991, I think (?) These images coming back to us from space are a great example, a symbl of mankind’s ingenuity. -Phil Clarke
Medium: Lithograph on Paper
Dimensions: 74 x 60 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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