16th July, 2013



Proudly Presents

An exhibition of works

By John Clare

Showing for one month only.


 IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 2013                                                                                             

Sorry But The Lifestyle You Ordered Is Currently Out of Stock, 2012, Oil & acrylic on canvas

John Clare's pithy take on life and art (with toast and two fried eggs on the side)

“I’m not interested in light, space, organic forms blah, blah, blah, I’m interested in people and
their reactions. All my works are personal. There isn’t an artist whose work isn’t personal....”


John Clare was brought up in a very tough South London neighborhood - “It was fun but it had its moments” Clare reminisces. Clare has always painted, but it was his teenage years that evolved the current Bacon-esque work.


“I got involved with drugs (coke, speed, ecstasy), I saw people stabbed and shot at (myself
included), some close friends of mine have been murdered or killed themselves and yet there’s
been so much love as well.”

Growing up in a working class South London family, what he saw in and around had a profound
effect on the life and work of the multi-media artist. You could argue that his real talent was staying alive. What kept John Clare sane, surrounded by a period of chaos, was his art - it helped him make sense of it all. Now living in New Zealand to give his two beautiful kids, Indigo-Raine and London, a better life, but he does miss the London scene. Drawing on his own personal experience to attack the human emotions – death, depression, murder, addiction, love, immigration, youth, and draws - he brings our attention to many topics in a psychologically haunting but equally intriguing way.

“Life isn’t perfect, neither am I” states Clare. Not interested in painting the perfect picture, you
have to view his work, not as a window but as a door, daring us to walk through and face his and
perhaps our own demons. His work makes us confront and question everything about life -
something he believes that great art should do beyond something pretty to look at. The work has a way of making the viewer feel a little uncomfortable. This deliberate gesture with his exciting
energetic, somewhat violent brush marks and the use of taboo and ugly objects, forces us to deal with his and our own well being. He is drawn to all the imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make us human and confronts us with directly about the paths he chose and at some point we all take. “I need to listen to music when I paint, my paintings are emotionally charged and this just heightens this”. Clare intends his works to be a celebration of life rather than death and destruction.

Bacon describes painting like making love. John Clare takes this passion of creating to an intense
level. He has a very distinct style which is instantly recognizable and has taken years to acquire. We find as the title of one of his works, 'Life Is Beautiful But It’s Not Perfect' - Clare describes himself not just as an artist but also a historian who documents our current way of life .He doesn’t lay claim to be the worlds best artist but his certainly one of the most exciting.




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