Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961 in Suffolk, UK, where he continues to work today. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and he began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s.
Jonathan works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method – pioneered by his father and mastered by Jonathan – relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture.
Writing about Jonathan's first solo show (Chappel Galleries, 1993), Galleries magazine noted his 'line of inheritance from the masters of the century, from Gabo, through Moore, to Paolozzi.' His style, whilst abstract and architectural, carries a great deal of emotional resonance, often taking inspiration from social, spiritual and mythological subject matter. Other influences that Jonathan cites include the sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Anthony Caro, as well as two-dimensional artists such as Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko.
Jonathan has had a series of successful exhibitions over the years with regular shows at North House Gallery and Chappel Galleries (both in Essex), and Strand Gallery in Suffolk. He also has work exhibited abroad, most notably in Italy, Denmark and the US, and the Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo. Between 1989 and 1999, he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show seven times.
Jonathan Clarke's renowned skill for creating monumental sculptures has attracted a number of prestigious commissions, including an 11-metre wall-mounted cross for Ely Cathedral (The Way Of Life, 2001), an eye-catching figure for the town of Colchester (Boudica, 1999) and a twelve-piece exhibit for Trinity Hall's permanent collection in Cambridge (Twelve, 2006).
The Greenfield Diptych, private commission, Gloucestershire 2014
Impact, triptych, private commission, Cambridge 2014
Aumbry, Chichester Cathedral, 2013
The Fall, private commission, Suffolk, 2013
Windrush III, private commission, Suffolk, 2012
Espalier, 5-6 St James's Square London, 2011/14
Furnishings for Saint Richard's Shrine, Chichester Cathedral, 2011
Ribs, Mersea Island, Essex, 2010
Flourish, private commission, Suffolk, 2009
Gateway, New Fetter Lane, London, 2008
Stair Enclosure, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, 2008
Browsers, New Street Square, London, 2008
Outlook, private commission, Hampshire, 2007
Orangery, Long Road, Cambridge, 2006
Orator, private commission, London, 2006
Greeter, private commission, Essex, 2005
The Way Of Life, Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, 2001
Stations Of The Cross, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, 2000
Bird, Great Notley, Essex, 2000
Boudica, Colchester, Essex, 1999
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
New Work, North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex, 2014
Making Time, North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex, 2012
Colour Coded, Britten-Pears Foundation, Red House, Aldeburgh, 2008 Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy, 2008
Frames Of Reference, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 2007 Dronninglund, Denmark, 2006 Frederiksvaerk, Denmark, 2006
Sea Legs, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall, 2005
Jonathan Clarke at Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, 2005
Jonathan Clarke In Venice, Gallery La' Rezzonico, Venice, 2004
Retrospective, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk, 2001
Head On, Chappel Galleries, Essex, 2000
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Ports Of Call, No's 1, 13, 15, Harlow Art Trust, Harlow, Essex
Pathfinder, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk
Lifestyle, The Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, USA
Twelve, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge