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Loaded Beauty

• Loaded Beauty • is to put it simply, 'loaded'. In some ways a companion or 'echo' piece to an earlier work entitled • Coded Beauty •, both share some imagery and pictorial features. •Loaded Beauty• however positions what recurring elements there are within a quite new pictorial context and framework, and which is characterised by a tighter, more constricted space ... making, in turn, for more of a 'load' and an altogether quite different outcome.

Using woods sourced in Japan, the central, roughly circular-shaped 'heart' of the image is printed from cut log-ends ('maruta' • 丸太) of Japanese cedar ('sugi' • 杉), with the adjacent and surrounding components printed from various ply & veneer woods, cut and fitted accordingly. All printing was done by hand, utilising a hand-held 'baren', and without any printing press.

38cm x 57cm

Neilton Clarke

Sydney-born artist Neilton Clarke undertook undergraduate & graduate painting and printmaking studies in the late-70s & early-80s at The University of New South Wales (incorporating COFA, City Art Institute, & AMCAE) and is the recipient of awards from The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Moya Dyring Scholarship; Dyason Bequest Award), New South Wales Ministry for the Arts (International Projects Program Grant), Australian DFAT, Warringah Council (Warringah Art Prize / Printmedia), The Australia-Japan Foundation (Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and The Japan Foundation. Widely travelled, he has undertaken artist-in-residence programs in Canada (Est-Nord-Est, Québec), France (Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris on four occasions), Thailand (Silpakorn University, Bangkok & Nakhon Pathom campuses; DR Visual Art Centre & Baan Suan Tarn), and Japan (TAMA Life 21 Project, Tokyo). Clarke is represented in numerous collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, University of NSW, Macquarie University, State Library of Queensland (Brisbane), Sydney Institute of TAFE, The Myer Foundation, Sydney MLC Centre, Ella Baché Sydney, Cité des Arts (Paris), The Australian Embassy (Bangkok), Silpakorn University, Mahanakorn University of Technology (Bangkok), Akiruno City Collection (Tokyo), Machida Museum of Graphic Arts (Tokyo), Urawa Art Museum (Japan), and Splitgraphic Archive Collection (Croatia). Based in Japan from 1993 to 2018, he taught at Tama Art University and Joshibi University of Art & Design.

Birthdate: 13/09/1958

Nationality: Australian

  • 2015: BMW Mildura Australian Print Triennial Exhibition - The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria ( // 'FUN & GAMES' - Sydney Printmakers - Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney (
  • 2014: 'Antipodes' - Sydney Printmakers & CPCANZ Printmakers at NorthArt Gallery, New Zealand; Pine Street Gallery, Sydney. // 'Boundless & Borderless' touring exhibition (Canada, Taiwan, Australia, 2013-15).
  • 2013: '25x25 - Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking' - Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney. // 2008: Libris Awards Artists' Book Prize - Artspace Mackay, QLD. // 2006: 'Sydney Prints' - S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2007 regional NSW gallery tour).
  • 2002: 20th Birthday Celebration of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. // 2001: 'Pitching a Stitch' - Faculty Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok. // 2001: 'DROPS' Installation - Tachikawa International Art-Fest Tokyo.
  • 1999: 'Conglomerations' - Gallery Jin, Tokyo. // 1998: 'turn & burn' - Lunami Gallery, Tokyo. // 1996: 'On Ore' - Akiyama Gallery, Tokyo. // 1995: 'Rot' - Lunami Gallery, Tokyo. // 1989: 'Une Dernière Vague' + 'Recent Paintings' - Cité des Arts, Paris.


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