University of Liverpool VG&M – Looking Back: Facing Forward – Mistakes and Metaphors
2 October 2009 – 23 January 2010
An exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Pete Clarke. The retrospective is a critical overview and selection of significant works by Pete Clarke from the 1980s to recent paintings including works produced for Sheffield City Art Gallery from the collections of the Arts Council and Liverpool University.
And very good it is too. It’s the first time I have seen a proper collection of Clarke’s work and it is so much better than just seeing an individual piece here and there amidst group shows etc.
Although the work is not hung in chronological order you still see the journey from early 80s when he arrived in Liverpool to teach at the Art College through to recent work, becoming more abstract, maybe less overtly political, brighter colours. The influence of poetry and printmaking is always present.
There are sketchbooks and other academic material and a very nice catalogue which includes interviews and more information.
You can also hear my interview with him on our podcast service at defnetmedia which I think is well worth listening to.
Pete Clarke moved to Liverpool in 1978 after studying at Chelsea School of Art, West of England College of Art [Bristol Polytechnic], Burnley Municipal College and living for a time on the Isle of Wight and then London. The changing face of this city has fascinated him and in many ways it represents the social and cultural history that personifies the shifts and developments of ‘modernity’ and concepts of the regional in the international. He is the MA Course Leader and Principal Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. He leads the artists’ initiative ‘Eight Days A Week’, arranging reciprocal exhibitions, projects and events in Liverpool and Cologne. He makes paintings, prints and installations with the artist Georg Gartz from Cologne exploring collaborative strategies within contemporary practice questioning individuality, authorship and authenticity in a European context.