Candy Clarke is a New Zealand Artist originally from Kerikeri, now based in Nelson. Clarke paints mainly in acrylic upon formed acrylic (in reverse - on 3mm Perspex sheet). Painting on Perspex began as a happy accident! Candy has been honing her painting backward skills for about 20yrs; the softness & reflectiveness of the Perspex adds an animation enhancing the work. The colour beneath the surface is bright & luminous - these features uniquely identify her work.
Candy's subject matter is often in abstract form, a commentary on daily life, social behaviour & current events. With the love of language, the use of text often features as narrative or stand-alone objects within Clarke's paintings. Inspiration comes from a personal lexicon of a collected language, overheard snippets, song lyrics, movie lines, new technology, old sayings, or new catchphrases. Bold colour & graphic components are always evident in Candy's work.
Through her paintings, Candy is always looking for irony or humour & ways to mock the human condition gently.