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Will Clarke

Will specializes in converting pen and ink drawings into screenprints. His subject is primarily architecture, but his perspective on what is generally considered to be a commercial art is unique and captivating. His compositions include sweeping birds-eye views of London, landscapes where the natural world collides with bold architecture, and beautiful renderings of unique city buildings throughout Europe. His illustrations celebrate the architectural detail as well as the majestic chaos of city planning and the landscapes they create.

Country
United Kingdom
Discipline
Printmaking, Drawing

Artist Statement

Will Clarke’s illustrated prints of architectural landmarks are immediately recognizable. Born and raised in London, Will remains passionate about the changing nature of the urban landscape. With a love for iconic architecture, he has a particular interest in buildings with historical resonance and character. Some time ago Will undertook a six-month drawing of London, as seen from the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. The illustration he created inspired him to undertake a series of architectural drawings, and he has been fascinated by architecture and the urban landscape ever since.

Screen-printing, more than any other technique, gives Will the precision and control he needs to reproduce his very detailed line drawings. To this detail he likes to add bright blocks of colour and an element of abstraction – none of his drawings are exact renderings of what he sees – in order to produce urban scenes that are unique to his style. All of his original works are hand-drawn, then each edition screen-printed by Will in his studio.

As well as regularly taking on private and commercial commissions, Will has also exhibited at a number of shows in London and across the UK. High profile commissions and clients include the Southbank Centre, Royal Academy of Arts and the NHS.