Candy Clarke was born in Auckland, New Zealand.
She studied art at Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art 1981-83, then graphic design at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in 2003.
Originally from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, she now lives and works in Nelson,
exhibiting locally and nationally since 1985.
Clarke is an artist working in the medium of painting, in acrylic on acrylic (Perspex). Using bold imagery and strong colour she likes to create the illusion of a new painterly world, one that’s trapped beneath the plastic, elusive, like the world behind the ubiquitous computer/TV/phone/camera screen.
Stylistically inspired by the Fauves and the Expressionists of the 19th Century, with their flamboyant and emotive colour and the more contemporary NZ artists; McCahon and Frizzell for their use of text, this exhibition is a combination of both these influences.