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Edward Clark is an abstract painter whose work has drawn accolades internationally for five decades. He is also known for his powerful brush stroke, large-scale canvases, and especially, his use of color, which makes some people call him an "Abstract Impressionist" as well as a "Painterly Abstractionist."

Born in New Orleans, LA in 1926, Ed Clark studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1947 to 1951 and L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris in 1952. However, the young Clark's work was most strongly influenced by Nicolas de Stael's paintings.

After living for five years in Paris, Clark returned to New York and became a charter member of the Brata gallery on Tenth Street, where a fellow artist, Al Held, was shown. It was during this period that he made his celebrated shaped canvas, first appeared in the Brata gallery Christmas group show in 1957. The painting was later to be described in a 1972 Art News article by a critic, Lawrence Campbell as generally considered to be the first of its kind. Another early shaped painting made by Clark in 1957 is now in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Clark made his first oval painting while living in Vetheuil , France (early home of Claude Monet) in 1968. This was almost a decade after Clark first started using his push broom technique, which allows him to move paint swiftly across the canvas, creating broad bold strokes.

Clark has always been an inventive and creative artist, experimenting with techniques-his innovative use of the push broom, for example, and his method of working on paper with dry pigment, inspired by the "pouring sand" technique of the Pueblo tribe of the American Southwest.

His work continues to evolve and astonish and is in The Burgess Fine Arts Collection and many others.


2000 Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation "art for life" Honored Artist, Sponsor: Russell Simons, East Hampton, NY
1999 Detroit Art Institute "Bal African '99" Honored Artist
1998 Joan Mitchell Awards
1994 Congressional Achievement Award
1985 Master Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Painting
1981 Adolph Gottlieb Award
1975 C.A.P.S. Grant, New York State Council on the Arts
1972 National Endowment for the Arts, Painting
1955 "Prix d'othon Friesz" Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Musee du Louvre Paris

Selected Exhibitions:

2002 "Quiet as it's Kept" Christine Koenig Gallery Vienna, Austria
1998 A Special Preview of Edward Clark's Recent Works: From Sicily to Egypt
  Launch of the Book "Edward Clark: for the sake of the search," Loida Nicolas Lewis & TLC Beatrice International; Cinque Gallery, New York, NY
1997 "Sweeps & Views; Clark & Cowans" Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  Studio Museum in Harlem; Belleville Lake Press; Carver Federal Savings Bank. New York, NY
1996 G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1994 A.F.T.U. Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY
  Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
1993 Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1992 Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Galerie Resche, Paris, France
1990 Spiral Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago, IL
  FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1989 Gallery Kesser-Bohbot, Hamburg, Germany
1988 Manhattan East Gallery of Fine Arts, New York, NY
1997 Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  Gallery 54, New York, NY
1986 Retrospective, "Paris to New York, 1966-1986"
1983 Randall Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Citicorp Center, New York, NY
  Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, MI
1980 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
  North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
1979 Randall Gallery, New York, NY
  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1977 Peg Alston Arts, New York, NY
1976 Sullivant Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1975 James Yu Gallery, New York, NY
1974 South Houston Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
1972 Lehman College, New York, NY 141 Prince Street, New York, NY
1971 Donald Judd's Loft, New York, NY
1969 American Embassy, Paris, France
1966 Galerie Creuze, Paris, France
1968 Brata Gallery, New York, NY
1951 YMCA, Chicago,IL