Rachel Clark has worked as a professional artist since graduating in 1976 with a First Class Honours Degree (Painting and Printmaking) from West Surrey College of Art and Design. She has an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts.
She also runs her highly regarded private life drawing school in her large, light and airy studio in Poplar's former Spratts warehouse. Students enjoy the benefit of receiving one-to-one painting and drawing tuition from a practising artist.
She established her school, 'Life Painting and Drawing with Rachel Clark' in 1976. It is for people of all abilities from complete beginners to advanced. Tuition is in small groups of nine and is appropriate whatever your experience. Full details are on her website www.rachelclark.com.
"…superb weekend lifeclass and tutoring…I had a really enjoyable and challenging time that made me think, see and draw much better. What a pleasure to to taught by someone who is a working artist and understands how people learn best too. Most tutors teach but take little account of how people learn."
Retired School Advisor and Inspector
About Rachel Clark
Rachel Clark has established a reputation as an abstract artist, a portrait painter and printmaker. Her CV includes the prestigious John Moore's and Pacesetters exhibitions, the National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Awards, the Printmaker's Council Student Award and her selection for the 2009 Clifford Chance Award. She was Artist in Residence at the London Metropolitan University from 2010 - 2012. Alongside showing her work at her studio she exhibits at the Curwen Gallery London.
1976 - First Class Honours Degree, Painting and Printmaking WSCAD
2009 - MA Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts
2009 - Printmakers Council Student Award
Recent Exhibitions include:
2013 Curwen Gallery solo show
2012 RE Open Bankside Gallery London
Bite Mall Galleries London
Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
2012 Curwen Gallery group show
2011 London - Florence Exchange Exhibition, Candid Gallery
Il Bisonte Gallery Florence
A4 Printmakers Open Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth
Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
2010 Curwen Gallery London
Rectory Gallery London
'Printworks' Unit 2 Gallery London
The Royal Academy Summer Show
Printmakers Council Bankside Gallery London
Chamalières Triennale Auvergne France
2009 The Royal Academy Summer Show
Clifford Chance Award Show
Major open shows include New Contemporaries, John Moore's XI, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Awards, Pacesetters, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She has regularly taken part in exhibitions at venues such as Camden Arts Centre, London; Asage Art Gallery, New York; St Paul's Gallery, Leeds; Morley Gallery, London; Knapp Gallery, London; and in addition Welsh Arts Council touring shows.
2010/11, 2011/12 Artist in Residence London Metropolitan University
2012 (June ) Brison's Veor, Cornwall
Public and Corporate Collections:
Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge
Maudsley Hospital London
"First impressions of Rachel Clark's work can be misleading, for she appears to paint two entirely contrasting types of subjects: portraits and abstracts. But there is no dichotomy, no separate agenda or significantly different way of thinking or creating in these pictures. They are equally sincere and equally powerful in their means of expression and impact."
Art critic & writer
There are familiar names amongst her portrait paintings. Those who have sat for her are the late Mrs Mary Whitehouse CBE, ex-DAC Brian Paddick, Sir Bernard Ingham, Tariq Ali, Michael Mansfield QC, Edward Bond, Bruce Kent, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Professor James Lovelock, Dawn Airey and Rabbi Julia Neuberger.
Her paintings are in private collections, in the UK and abroad. Her work can be seen in two books, Drawing Figures, and Oil Painting Portraits, both published by Dorling Kindersley. She participated in a Channel 4 TV series in which she was invited to teach life drawing to guest celebrities; she has run special courses for animators working on the first Harry Potter video game and for designers in the BBC Creative Department.
"Looking for new ways to inspire our team, one of our Design Directors came up with the idea of life drawing classes - sadly drawing skills have been neglected particularly in the Mac world of Design. Creatives, designers, directors, & producers - some who had never taken a class in their lives & others who were self conscious & very rusty all enthusiastically signed up & Rachel tailored her teaching to every one of them at whatever level of experience. They all felt they had made tremendous strides in the space of a week & emerged energised, confident in their drawing skills, inspired & really looking at the world & the job they do in a very different way. Fantastic thank you Rachel & I hope we can work together again very soon."
Jane Walker Creative Director BBC Broadcast