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Photograph of Artist JOHN CLARKE
JOHN CLARKE
Starksboro, - United States


, Venus, Abstract Figurative, $1,470
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, Four Hands, Abstract Figurative, $2,520
, Brothers, Abstract Figurative, $1,680
, Laughing-His-Head-Off, Abstract Figurative, $1,050
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, Shampoo, Abstract Figurative, $210
, Sleeper, Abstract Figurative, $1,890

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Artist Statement

VERMONT HARDWOOD SCULPTURE ROUGH AND SMOOTH John Clarke carves hardwood sculpture aiming to reveal the struggles that shape growth in any life form. At Princeton, he majored in English and minored in Art History, but became an English teacher when he discovered during the 60s that his love for young people exceeded his love of artistic expression for the moment. After teaching high school students for five years and surviving Vietnam, he fled to Vermont where he taught at UVM for 25 years. In South Starksboro and Buels Gore, he found refuge in the woods where overgrown pastures generated wildly distorted trees struggling with each other to find a safe pathway to sunlight. At first he pulled out firewood, but stumbled onto strange shapes that deserved polishing and a few coats of oil. He began to focus on burls, whose tortured shapes could yield a fine bowl. In the 1990s, carving burls absorbed his focus, not as bowls but as human figures whose growth was shaped by unruly circumstance. Black maple burls became his favorite medium. Attacked from the outside my disease, fungus, sand or damage, trees turned themselves inside out in their fight to remain upright. Sculpting a burl reveals the patterns a tree devises to remain standing among other trees. A burl could become a pregnant woman, a blinded king, a boy climbing a dead snag or a family of elves. John began to show these creatures around Addison County Art on Main, The Great Falls Art Gallery, ...

Original Artworks (20)

John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{venus-1481123063.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
10 x 21 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{four_hands-1480956993.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
15 x 36 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{brothers-1480956835.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2008
15 x 32 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{conception-1480955172.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2007
24 x 60 x 20 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{laughing-his-head-off-1480955017.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2003
12 x 30 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{shampoo-1480954472.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
18 x 32 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{sleeper-1480954294.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2006
14 x 25 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{reunion-1480953969.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2015
20 x 11 x 11 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{shawl-1480953770.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2015
10 x 28 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{elf_house-1480953609.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2013
15 x 26 x 14 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{mother_and_son-1480953470.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2008
14 x 60 x 15 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{first_born-1480953129.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2010
14 x 28 x 14 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{flames-1480952937.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2012
14 x 34 x 14 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{guardian-1480952570.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2014
6 x 18 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{Double_Helix-1480440524.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2008
10 x 24 x 9 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{Echo-1480440318.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
14 x 60 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{Grand_Mere-1480440130.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
24 x 22 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{Egg_in_Hand-1480439892.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
12 x 4 x 4 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{The_Bath-1480439176.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
18 x 24 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
United States
John Clarke, , , Original Sculpture Wood, size_width{Dancer-1480439039.jpg} X
John Clarke
Original Wood Sculpture, 2016
14 x 23 inches (W x H x D)
United States