Clive Kirk is a fine art painter living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specializes in oils, acrylics and mixed media. At the age of eight he discovered a book on the past masters of art. He began drawing and painting and have been creative ever since. His parents wanted him to get a formal school education and were reluctant to send him to art school, however during his primary school years he had a painting teacher who was somewhat of a mentor and who convinced his parents that he should complete his high school years at the Johannesburg school of Art, Ballet & Music. After high school he went on to work for several advertising agencies and design studios. At the time he was moonlighting occasionally. Freelance commissions were being offered to him frequently, so he finally decided to freelance full-time, working from his home studio and worked as a commercial artist for 26 years. This year he has begun painting full time as a fine artist. He is painting to build up a body of work to exhibit in the near future. He enjoys the outdoors and to travel with his family, he is a keen fly-fisherman, and also cooks up a storm periodically.
In his own words:
My journey as an artist is through depicting subjects that evoke an emotional response and visually stimulate attention. As a realist painter, I strive to explored the obscure undercurrents of the subject, the patterns and shapes, light and contrast that juxtapose to create the form which ultimately “draws” the viewer in; and thereby create the narrative. My fascination with painting is to capture these abstract forms that when completed and taken as a whole complete the visual. The aim is for the viewer to have an affinity with a work, an analogous emotional and a personal reaction drawn from similar experiences of a moment in time or memory – the things that shape us; and hopefully for the beholder to have get as much pleasure from viewing the work as it got me to create it.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Clive Kirk