Night Orchids – Brian Clarke
A stunning collection of 267 drawings and paintings depicting nocturnal orchids by British artist Brian Clarke.
Most nights between about 7pm and midnight Brian Clarke draws and paints on paper at his home in West London. The subjects of these works change over time but are made obsessively over periods that usually last about two to three years. Between December 2013 and August 2015 the subject was Night Orchids. The series began on a visit to Thailand and continued in France, but the majority were made at home.
They are coloured paintings of startling variety. The urge that drives these nights is curiosity. As in his explorations with Fleur de Lys, Spitfires, The Cross, Industrial Architecture etc., this varied iconography – in this instance, Night Orchids – generates an apparently endless sequence of questions “about the nature of beauty and the void in which it flourishes.”
This catalogue of 267 works is introduced by an exclusive interview between Clarke and renowned American critic Robert Storr.
Published in: 2016, Heni Publishing
Pages: 320/ 267 illustrations
Size: 14.5" x 11"