Leigh Clarke

Leigh Clarke  

Clarke is engaged in a multidisciplinary practice that employs mass manufactured objects or mass disseminated slogans to make singular political statements. His research has been generated through printmaking, performance, painting, letterpress, publishing and curating. He has tackled subjects such as the Michael Jackson trial and it’s relationship with the War on Iraq; Fathers For Justice; crime in Norway, the local press in Hackney, political fancy dress masks and the Yew Tree investigations on Jimmy Saville and it’s link to the Gill Sans typeface.

His concern with public engagement through art practice has led him to curate projects at Lokaal 01 in Breda, The London College of Communication, The Portman Gallery London and Extrapool in Nijmegen. In 2010, he was commissioned by Lokaal 01 to exhibit 10 banners outside the Museum of Breda in reaction to the Pope’s denial of child abuse within the Catholic Church. In 2012 he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery where he exhibited 30 plaster casts on scaffold poles of the negative spaces within political latex fancy dress masks. His recent letterpress works use the Gill Sans Typeface designed by Eric Gill and used by the BBC in their logo, to display comedic slogans of celebrities involved in the Yew Tree investigations.  

Courses 

  • Fine Art BA (Hons) - Printmaking

Links

Shows 

  • Pig, Dog and Monkey Festos Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent 2014
  • The Right Hand Gives, The Left Takes Away Extrapool, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 2014
  • The 3rd International Printmaking Workshop Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China 2013
  • The London Open 2012 The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2012
  • Is it Just Me? Artsway, Dorset 2012
  • A Sort of Night to the Mind, A Kind of Night of Our Thoughts Artary Gallery, Stuttgart 2011
  • Minds Matter 3 Kussenners Gallery, Antwerp 2011
  • State Your Business Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands 2010
  • Stand Up Cul De Sac Gallery, London 2010
  • Heads of State Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp 2010
  • Paperview John Jones Gallery, London 2009
  • Reg Perfect and the Squeegees Portman Gallery, London 2009
  • Fever Press The Main Street Gallery, London College of Communication 2009
  • No Letters Nettie Horn Gallery, London 2008
  • SPACE Now! The SPACE Triangle, London 2008
  • Frieze Art Fair Resonance FM Stand Curated by Bob and Roberta Smith 2007
  • STAMP>STICK>FLY Gasworks, London 2007
  • Paulo Post Futurium Museum of Breda / LOKAAL01, The Netherlands 2007
  • Oh, Deborah Contemporary Art Projects, London 2007
  • Driven Fieldgate Gallery, London 2007
  • John Moores 24 Walker Art Museum, Liverpool 2006

Portfolio

Heads of State

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Heads of State

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Cannon Happy

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Heads of State Instalation

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Heads of State Instalation

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