Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961 in Suffolk, UK, where he continues to work today. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and he began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s.
Jonathan works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method – pioneered by his father and mastered by Jonathan – relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture.
Writing about Jonathan’s first solo show (Chappel Galleries, 1993), Galleries magazine noted his ‘line of inheritance from the masters of the century, from Gabo, through Moore, to Paolozzi.’ His style, whilst leaning towards the abstract, carries a great deal of emotional resonance, often taking inspiration from social, spiritual and mythological subject matter.
Jonathan has had a series of successful exhibitions over the years with regular shows at Chappel Galleries in Essex, Strand Gallery in Suffolk, Open Eye in Edinburgh, Belgrave Gallery in St Ives, Pallant House, Chichester and Bruton Street Gallery, London. He also has work exhibited abroad, most notably in Italy, Denmark and the US.
Jonathan Clarke’s renowned skill for creating monumental sculpture has attracted a number of prestigious commissions, including an 11-metre wall-mounted cross for Ely Cathedral (The Way Of Life, 2001), an eye-catching figure for ASDA (Boudica 1999) and a twelve piece exhibit for Trinity Hall’s permanent collection in Cambridge (Twelve, 2006).