Jonathan Clarke was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England in 1961. From the age of sixteen he served his apprenticeship in the studio and foundry of his father, the accomplished sculptor Geoffrey Clarke, learning to master the craft of sand-cast aluminum. In 1994 he was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
In addition to aluminum, Clarke sculpts in oak, silver, and glass, and occasionally other metals. Many of his sculptures have a religious theme, and his pieces are on display in many cathedrals throughout England, including Southwell Minster and St. Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Clarke has exhibited in New York, Zurich, Venice, Tokyo, and throughout the United Kingdom. He has been awarded numerous private and public commissions, including works for Ely Cathedral and the Norwich Castle Museum. His sculptures can be found in many private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States, as well as the Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, England.
Jonathan Clarke’s sculptures generally tend to be abstract and are often inspired by political and social issues. The artist has described his work as an attempt to recreate “defenses against the vulnerability felt when confronted by this seemingly overwhelming world.” Clarke carves polystyrene without creating preparatory drawings first instead the desired shape is cut with a hot wire and then buried in a special molding sand. The polystyrene vaporizes when the molten aluminum is poured into the mold. The cast metal is removed from the sand and pieces are welded together. The immediacy of this technique is reflected in the sculpture’s directness.
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47.25″ x 60.25″ x 65″
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Scarecrow, 2006 Tom Claassen
Untitled (Two Rabbits), 2004 Jonathan Clarke
Lifestyle, 2006 Niki de Saint Phalle
Adam & Eve, 1985-1989 Jim Dine
Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, 2008 Mark di Suvero
Aesop’s Fables, 1990 Jean-Michel Folon
Voyage, 1999 Laura Ford
Bird, 2007 Keith Haring
Untitled (Ringed Figure), 1987 Käi
Love Vs. Money, 2017 Fernand Léger
Femmes Au Perroquet, 1952 Aristide Maillol
La Riviere, 1938 – 1943 Ju Ming
Tai Chi Singlewhip, 1998 Igor Mitoraj
Eros Bendato, 1999 Julian Opie
Kiera & Julian Walking, 2002
Bruce & Sara Walking, 2007 Tom Otterness
Kindly Geppetto, 2001 Mimmo Paladino
Zenit, 1999 Martin Puryear
Untitled (Bench), 2008 George Rickey
Four Rectangles Oblique, 1979 Tony Smith
Night, 1962 Bernar Venet
2 Arcs X 4, 230.5 Degree, Arc X 5, 1999-2000 Erwin Wurm
Big Suit, 2010 Kan Yasuda
Door of Return, 2001 Jack Youngerman