Born in Manchester in 1953 Terence Clarke grew up in the Ribble Valley.
Educated at St. Mary’s College he went on to do a degree in Fine Art and then a Masters degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London in 1979. Upon graduation Terence began exhibiting and selling his work firstly at Paton Galleries London and then through a variety of galleries in the U.K. His work is in some important collections including The Contemporary Art Society, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal College of Art archive collection. His work is also in many private collections in the UK, Holland, France and America. He has written extensively for periodicals including several recent articles for Artists and Illustrators magazine. He has contributed to various books on technique and painting materials most notably “The Artists Handbook “ and “Still Life” by Betsy Hosegood.
Terence Clarke s work is focused on the use of vibrant and intense colour. His themes range from Mediterranean landscapes, to still life’s and the occasional figure and portrait pieces. His paintings are carefully structured using a confident skilful and strong drawing whilst the paint is applied generously in rich bold strokes. He says
“ In a sense I am a painter of light. I use colour as a way of emphasising the drama of light. Vivid colour is a metaphor for light itself and often this sense of light is the underlying subject of my paintings. I like my paintings to be painterly so that although the image is clear and readable the paint itself has a rich and sensuous life of its’ own letting the viewer enjoy the way the paint works”
His paintings continue to be popular with collectors of contemporary art. Modest in scale but technically complex his work seeks to refresh our vision and make us look again at light and the extra-ordinary quality of the visual world.