February 17, 2020

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Cecilia Walker

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The Styles of Claude Clark

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Claude Clark was an African American painter, printmaker and teacher. Clark created many paintings that ranged from landscapes and still-lifes to abstract art. I was amazed by the range of styles he utilized in his paintings. Even viewing all his work in a group collection, you are able to view …

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Claude Clark was an African American painter, printmaker and teacher. Clark created many paintings that ranged from landscapes and still-lifes to abstract art. I was amazed by the range of styles he utilized in his paintings. Even viewing all his work in a group collection, you are able to view similarities within each work as a whole and as independent paintings. Clark derived his style from the influence of Van Gogh’s work, having a creamy texture on the canvas by applying paint with a palette knife.

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Claude Clark has many wonderful paintings. One of my favorite paintings is titled “The Phoenix.” I enjoy this painting because of the bold color palette and texture created by the strokes of the palette knife, and the overlaying of different colors onto the canvas. Energy emanates from the painting through the visual language of the colors. The colors reveal the painting, the burning of the element at the bottom of the canvas, the flames arising upward and turning into ashes using the blue paint strokes on top of the red flames. Another painting I enjoy by Clark is titled “I Am Proud.” I enjoy this painting because it shows an African American in a powerful pose uplifting the African American culture in positive ways. The texture alone created by the palette knife strokes create an interesting composition because it gives the painting a 3D feel. It’s as if the painting has depth, giving the illusion of the painting coming off the canvas existing in a form that is tactile for viewers.

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Claude Clark was such an amazing artist with really great works of art. You can view some more of his work here.