Imbued with a sense of personality that ‘captures the essence of the dog’, Robert James Clarke’s drawings and paintings have attracted global attention. Clarke is regularly commissioned to portrait celebrities’ canine friends and has held exhibitions in both London and New York.
Born in Luton in 1963, Clarke showed early artistic promise by winning local art competitions and completing ‘O Level’ and ‘A Level’ art before the age of 16. After a foundation course at Barnfield, Clarke was one of the few to be accepted to study at St Martin’s College of Art: “my foundation course was a good one … but not many of us got into London schools.”
He has painted a number of well known dogs including Kate Moss’s Archie, Alan Carr’s Bev and Joyce, Tim Walker’s Stig, Fergie’s (Black Eyed Peas) Meatloaf as well as other dogs for Katie Hiller, Katie Grand, Bruce Oldfield and most recently Cath Kidston's dog Billie.
Clarke tries “to capture the essence of the dog. […] Each dog has a different personality: I try to capture that in paint. […] Sometimes it all comes together like magic: other times, it’s the smallest detail like adding a dot to the eye that makes the dog spring from the canvas.”
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