Scary! - Russell Clark
AFAS306 Russell Clark
Illustration for the NZ Listener by New Zealand artist Russell Clark. A fun piece full of character. Printed A4 onto 235gsm Epsom Watercolour Paper ABOUT THE ARTIST: Russell Clark 1905 - 1966 Cedric Russell Stuart Clark (known as Russell), son of Mary Elizabeth (nee Wyatt) and William Clark was born on 27th August 1905 in Christchurch NZ. He was educated at Christchurch Normal School and Christchurch Boys' High School then at the Canterbury School of Art where he later became a part time teacher (from about 1925). In 1930 Russell married Eunice Ingham and they had two daughters. Eunice died in 1959. In 1965 he married Rosalie Pahl. In 1928 he commenced work in advertising agencies as a commercial artist; firstly in Christchurch then Dunedin and from about 1937, in Wellington, living in Eastbourne. He was an official war artist in the Pacific during 1944 and many of his paintings are in the National Archive Collection. In 1947 Russell left Wellington for Christchurch where he had been appointed to a position as a lecturer at the Canterbury School of Art. Russell Clark is well known for his illustrations in the New Zealand Listener and the School Journal as well as other New Zealand publications and books. His paintings (both watercolour and oils) are held in many of New Zealand's Art Galleries and in private collections. Russell's well known sculptures include the Boy and the Dolphin in Opononi, Northland, Anchor Stones in Auckland City, The Leaf Shapes sculpture at the Lower Hutt Civic Centre, Family Group at Canterbury University and the Ear on the wall of the Timaru Telephone Exchange Building. His works have been exhibited throughout New Zealand with Art Societies, The Group and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (Wellington). Solo exhibitions include one in Dunedin in 1949, in Wellington in 1954 and in Christchurch in 1964. A retospective exhibition toured New Zealand in 1975. Russell Clark died in 1966 aged 60. COPYRIGHT: Published with the permission of the Russell Clark Estate.