Artist Profile – Graham Clarke
Graham is known for his wonderfully detailed, often humorous arch-topped limited-edition etchings, produced entirely by hand from start to finish.
Graham’s pictures depict his love of the Kent countryside, boats and the sea, Cornwall, travel to Europe and beyond, comic misinterpretations of history, Shakespeare and much more besides. He sold his first work to a neighbour at the age of eight and at this point his career as an artist began. He set about celebrating the beauty of rural life and went on to learn the process of copperplate etching. His work won him recognition from the foremost art patron of the day, Sir Kenneth Clark. In 1973 he came to public attention when ‘Dance by the Light of the Moon’ featured in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. His work is now held in many collections and museums but what pleases him most is that it is enjoyed on the walls of homes all over the world. The most frequent comment being, ‘We’ve had this on our wall for years and we still keep finding something new to enjoy’.
There’s a vast collection to be found in his studio gallery in Boughton Monchelsea, alongside lots of the paraphernalia used to produce copperplate etchings. It’s an entertaining glimpse into the world of Graham and his work of several decades and has to be seen to be believed. The studio is open by appointment and frequent open days are held, dates below.
Graham is sometimes around to have a chat, though he’s slowed up a little these days. His family will welcome you and are happy to talk you through the intricate process of copperplate printing and the many entertaining tales behind the vast collection of etchings. You’ll also find watercolours, books, posters, greetings cards and plenty to make you smile.
Up the Garden Studio
Meadow View Road, Boughton Monchelsea,
Nr Maidstone, ME17 4LF 07801 922081
Open day dates:
June 16th, 17th and 18th;
July 21st, 22nd and 23rd;
August 25th, 26th and
27th September 15th, 16th and 17th.