About

 

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photo by Romey Clark

 
Iain Clark is a practicing photographic artist whose work is in the permanent collection of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and in numerous private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and India.

Collections

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery Various Private collections in UK, Europe, India & USA.

Exhibitions

2015
And That Was the Beginning and the End of That, Lyon & Turnbull

2013
Achievement: New Photographs 2011-2013, The National Portrait Gallery highlighting several key photographic acquisitions

2012
Iain Clark: Intimate Portraits of Scottish Writers, Aye Write Glasgow’s Book Festival
This is the way we make our work, Solo exhibition by invitation as guest artist of distinction at Glasgow Art Club

2011
Alasdair Gray: Life and Lanark, 30th Anniversary Exhibition at The Mitchell Library

2008
Gallery at Kirkcudbright 5th July – 25th August 2008

2007
Performance, The French Institute Edinburgh Festival Exhibition
New Acquisitions, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Inspired, Word Festival University of Aberdeen Writers Festival & Six Cities Design Festival
Inspired, Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh Festival
Capture, Major Solo Exhibition, The Collins Gallery Strathclyde University
Mood Expression Moment, Solo Exhibition at Robyn Rowles Gallery, Edinburgh
Inspired, Irish Consulate 20th March, ongoing.The Face of Scotland: The Scottish National Portrait

2006
Tartan Week, ‘The Auld Alliance’, Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery New York
Thoroughly Modern Women, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

2005
We Do These Things Because, WASPS Studios
New Work, The Home Gallery, August 2005

Notable Events

• A portrait sitting with Iain Clark sold for £10,000.00 at auction at The Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Charity Ball. June 2006
• A portrait sitting with Iain Clark sold for £5,000.00 at auction at The Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Charity Ball. June 2007
• A portrait sitting with Iain Clark sold for £5,000.00 at auction to raise funds for the TunaHAKI Foundation at The One Solution Charity Dinner. February 2008
• The unveiling of Iain Clark’s portrait of Hollywood actor Brian Cox portrait at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery by Brian Cox. July 2006
• Iain Clark interviewed on Radio Café – BBC Radio Scotland with live link to Marc Pachter Director of The National Portrait Gallery Washington D.C. discussing ‘Capture’ exhibition.
• 4th April 2009 Iain Clark and Muriel Grey ‘in conversation’ filmed in front of a live audience at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on the making of the Muriel Gray portrait.
• June 2009 Muriel Gray portrait selected as Portrait of The Month at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
• August – September 2011 Jungle City Edinburgh. During August and September Edinburgh was transformed into the Arts Capital of the World. At the same time a brand new cutting edge art concept is being launched, and the top UK artistic talent has been invited to take part. The selected artists are given a 3- dimensional animal sculpture to design & paint which will become one of 150 unique creations to go on public display. For two months the animals will be part of a dynamic conservation statement that is set to be Scotland’s largest outdoor art event on record.
• November 2011 – Iain Clark’s Tickity Boo Tinker Tiger sold for £6,000.00 at The Great Jungle Gathering.

2012
Iain Clark: Intimate Portraits of Scottish Writers at Aye Write Glasgow’s Book Festival.The entire collection of 44 portraits was purchased by The Mitchell library for their permanent collection.
Solo Exhibition – ‘This is the way we make our work’ by invitation as guest artist of distinction at Glasgow Art Club.

2013
Portrait of David Mach acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.
Portrait of Alasdair Gray acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery Achievement: New Photographs 2011-2013, Room 37a, 15 September 2013 – 5 January 2014. Highlighting several key photographic acquisitions, this display celebrates the achievement of individuals at the top of their chosen professions. In considering photographs for the collection the curators consider both the achievements of the subject in conjunction with the aesthetics and relevance of the portrayal.

2014
Photomonitor – Portfolio of the Month – Paddy’s Market.

 


 

Iain Clark

Iain Clark is attracting much media attention and artistic recognition for his unique portraits. It is his passion for people that has led to his recent ascent as an in-demand portrait artist. Iain’s technique has been described by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as “sitting somewhere between photography and painting”. The camera and the photograph are only the beginning of the creative process and the subsequent manipulation of the image creates a finished portrait which is intended to capture the essential person. Iain says,

“I am fascinated by the human condition and the huge variety of faces that I see every day. I believe that each and every one of us is unique and special. When I work on a portrait I strive to bring out something of the sitter’s soul.”

Iain Clark’s work is a twenty-first century response to the eighteenth century art of portraiture. He digitally fuses image, colour and identity to create a ‘new way of seeing’. His portraits of the Broadcaster Muriel Gray and the Hollywood actor Brian Cox are part of the permanent collection at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and his portrait of the artist David Mach is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Iain Clark © 2014 | website by Noah Saterstrom