An Exhibition of Etchings by Graham Clarke
1st July – 29th July 2018
Graham Clarke, artist, author, illustrator and humorist, is one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling printmakers. He has created some five hundred images of English rural life and history, of the Bible and of the Englishman’s view of Europe. Born in 1941, Clarke’s upbringing in the austerity of war-time and post-war Britain, made him reliant on his own imaginative resources. Responding to the comedy of everyday life, he brings his own unique brand of humour to his interpretation of past and present history through the eyes of the common man.
I am especially pleased to have an exhibition at this fine gallery in lovely Deal, a place which holds a very special place in the Clarke family history. One hundred years ago my Great Uncle Bill bought a house in Clanwilliam Road and for many years it became the destination for the rest of the family to spend their summers. Most of the works on show will be etchings, each one produced entirely by hand on copper using techniques at least 200 years old. I have produced more etchings than any other living artist and I still enjoy the many processes involved, employing as it does earth, air, fire and water. I look forward to our month in Deal.”