Artist: Sally Clark
Goddess of Purity
oil on linen canvas
36 x 30 inches
Originating from Vancouver, Sally Clark grew up among the wild landscape of British Columbia. As an accomplished and prolific artist with an extensive exhibition history, she has had solo exhibitions sponsored by the Granville Island Cultural Society, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and North Vancouver Arts Council. An artist of multiple talents, she is also a celebrated playwright and filmmaker, her plays having received a Governor General’s Award nomination. Clark’s multi-layered approach to oil painting emulates the Old Masters by developing her compositions “through underpainting and overpainting, so that the colour is formed optically by the light passing through the layers.
Born in Vancouver Canada, Sally Clark has been painting in oils since she was twelve. She completed her B.F.A. degree at York University in Toronto. She lived in Toronto for thirty years and her paintings were exhibited in several galleries during that time. Clark has also written several award-winning plays, which have been produced in Canada and the United States. Her novel, “Waiting for the Revolution” was published by Cormorant Books in 2010. The Granville Island Cultural Society, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and the North Vancouver Arts Council have sponsored solo exhibitions of her paintings. Her work has been in many FCA group shows, receiving four Honourable Mentions. She received the 2nd Prize at the FCA POTE (Painting on the Edge) Exhibition in 2016. Sally Clark was one of the Finalists for the Kingston Portrait Prize in 2017.
I painted a series of close-on portraits of women, eleven in total. I found that each woman I painted embodied a certain quality. I want to create the sense that the viewer is looking at a giant woman, a goddess. And the goddess is looking back. I chose the size, 36″ by 30″ because the face is large but the canvas dimensions are on a human scale; creating an interesting tension: large enough to engulf the viewer but not so large as to be threatening.
My Goddess paintings are landscapes of a human face; no longer the individuals but emblematic of something larger. The faces are the starting point for an investigation into the mystery of what it is to be human.
Are these portraits? Yes and no. They are themselves and they are the More of themselves.