Jonathan Clarke: Pure Flowing Instinct

In this compelling short film Jonathan guides us through his working practice for small and large abstract sculptures. We see him at his bench carving polystyrene models whilst explaining the thought processes behind the forms he creates. Using the immediacy of the hot wire to produce individual shapes, he assembles them together before burying the work in sand. Molten aluminium is then carefully poured in – a delicate procedure that is beautifully captured on film.

We learn how Jonathan came to apprentice with his father, Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and of their mutual respect for each other’s work. We also see Jonathan take on a large public commission in the form of Sign: an 8-metre tall sculpture for Queen Elizabeth School, Dorset.

Enjoy this wonderful insight into Jonathan’s life and his ongoing passion for his work.