Jake Clark:

‘Concrete Idaho’


The recent series of paintings are a response to cardboard models and collages that I have made in my studio. They are 3D structures influenced by suburbia and
games like crazy golf. I am fascinated by the details of these kinds of places and how they can be re-configured within a different environment. After making the models I
photograph them under dramatic lighting. The paintings then become a strange evocation of these references where the colours capture a faded yet luminous quality.

The houses and chair series of paintings focus more on tangible, domestic spaces, and consequently are less abstract. Though they are based on actual places they
are still constructions of fictional suburban scenes. In these paintings too the foreground structures are also based on models from the studio. There is a fake plastic
quality to these details where I picture something both sculptural and as flat cartoon simultaneously. The atmosphere is eerie, a darkness to counter the sense of play.


Jake Clark studied at University of Brighton, 1989-91, BA in Fine Art and Royal College of Art, 1991-93, MA Painting. He lives in London and currently teaches at
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon, UAL.

Recent exhibitions have included:
Dog Days, 1996, Gas Works Gallery, London (solo)
John Moores 22, 2002, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (group)
John Moores 25, 2008, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (group)
Golden Homes, 2012, Studio 1.1, London (solo)
Luna Park, 2012, Lion and Lamb, London (group)
Dirty Pop, 2013, & Model, Leeds (group)
Borderline, 2015, C & C Gallery, London (group)
Cul-de-sac, 2016,  Arthouse1, London (solo)                
Nacht und Traume, 2017, Turps Gallery, London (group)
Make_Shift, 2017, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (group)
John Moores 30, 2018, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (group)