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Tailgate Picnic

Tailgate picnics, we're told, are those picnics enjoyed while convening near the open tailgate of a vehicle, typically a utility, station wagon, hatchback or similar, and which commonly occur around the parking areas of ovals, sports grounds, stadiums, and by the roadside or beachside ... just about anywhere you can stop a vehicle and have enough space to 'do your thing'. Impromptu in style, they're casual occasions that don't court much in the way of pomp and circumstance. While the •Tailgate Picnic• work here is a carefully composed affair, the spirit of 'tailgating' is wholeheartedly embraced, in part via the device of one rather large tail-end shape parked centre stage. Using an abstracted pictorial vocabulary, •Tailagte Picnic• looks at 'bodies' from a generic standpoint ... be they car bodies, human bodies, or otherwise ... and seeks to highlight some of their commonalities, including the notions (and potions) of 'consumption' and 'discharge' that can be seen as shared traits among them.

Utilising wood sourced in Japan, the central, roughly ovoid shape was printed from prepared Japanese cedar (sugi • 杉) log-ends ('maruta • 丸太). The complementary components were printed from various ply & veneer woods, cut and shaped to meet the compositional layout. All printing was done by hand using a hand-held 'baren', without the aid of a 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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