4 : 'numberless islands'
Michael West Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight,
Home ( 120 x 100 cm) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 2002
|A shed: a hut 120 x 100
cm Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 2002
Old poems and half remembered quotations, seaside holiday
postcards, photographs of old relics and monuments, images
of city streets and suburban parks influence the paintings
in this exhibition. The work functions as a sort of personal
navigational aide often depicting images of the Isle of
Wight like the Duver in St. Helens and Appley tower in
The exhibition includes work from three recent series
of paintings including 'letters to language', images exploring
the city as a metaphor: 'city of ships and stores', an
installation of twenty paintings: and 'city going to sea',
island paintings incorporating poetic text suggesting
history, memory and loss.
Liverpool based artist Pete Clarke has lived in Ryde and
has many island connections.
He is a frequent visitor with his family to a place that
is influential in developing themes and ideas for painting.
He has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe with
recent exhibitions in Cologne, Rome and Wiesbaden.
The exhibition was funded by the Isle of Wight Council,
Red Funnel and Southern Arts and the Arts Council with
a review in the County Press, Isle of Wight