Daniel Clark Artist’s Statement
self portrait circa 1965
My paintings are quite personal to me.
They are my form of creative expression therapy.
They are an outward representation of what exists inwards.
They speak to me and within me.
I have spent numerous years as an architect assembling working drawings to clearly express 3- dimensional objects by breaking them down into 2-dimensional forms on paper …. in turn I often find myself viewing the world and expressing myself this way.
My paintings break down the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional canvas utilizing blocks of solid color in simple forms, hard lines, flat planes, sharp & definite edges often achieving a result that more than often resembles a paint-by-number.
I prefer the lushness, smoothness, clarity, purity of color as it dispenses directly from the tube and often do not make or mix my own colors trying not to muddy-up a color which in turn would muddy up my vision for my work.
Contrary to what my paintings may show, my ultimate goal is to paint more ‘loosely‘, to try not to replicate every detail
but I always find myself returning to the place from which I have started and that I more comfortable with.
In a way, my paintings express vibrantly colored snapshots of:
Places Objects Styles Colors Images Ideas Memories
…. that I love, that I enjoy, or that simply bring a smile to my face.
I hope to convey this simple concept through my paintings and to the viewer.