ESPLIN Clark

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Clark Esplin was born (1941) in St Andrews, Scotland, and came out to New Zealand with his family in 1954. He is the son of the artist Tom Esplin and his wife, Edith, also a painter. He was educated at John McGlashan College, Dunedin, Dunedin Teachers' College, and the University of Otago. He is a member and former vice president of the Otago Art Society. He taught first in Otago, specialising in art at The Taieri High School, but since 1976 he has lived in Christchurch, where he is a life-member of (COCA) the Canterbury Centre of Contemporary Art. He is also a member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art. He has been invited as a tutor at many successful adult art schools over the years. As a full time professional artist, he draws much of his inspiration from over twenty-five years of travel in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.

On his art, he says:
"I am passionate about sailing, my early water colours were often of marine subjects in a free and fluid style. I enjoyed the challenge of water colour, the opportunities it gave for composition with the white paper "en reserve", and the freshness that can be gained from a single statement. My later work has been a personal response mainly in water colours and acrylics to subjects I have encountered in my travels - sheltered harbours in Europe, people talking or going about their business in towns and markets in France, Japan or Latin America, and quiet hill towns in Italy. As I travel, I am constantly recording in my sketch-books subjects that excite and inspire me. I am editing all the time, until I distil my statement. Although I am a New Zealander, growing up in Scotland helped me relate to the European artistic tradition. I enjoy painting people and places."

 

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