The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Edward Clark

Share on Social Media

Information about Edward Clark

Profile image of Edward Clark

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1926
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1926
Birth Location:
New Orleans
See how Edward Clark is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Abstract painter Edward Clark was born in the Storyville neighborhood of New Orleans on May 6, 1926. Internationally renowned for over five decades for being a groundbreaking artist, Clark was credited as being the first painter to work on a shaped canvas. Influenced by the sand art techniques of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest, Clark also developed an innovative technique of working with dry pigments.

Clark received his formal training at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1947 and1951; and at L'Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France in 1952. Clark was heavily influenced by two of his instructors, Louis Ritman at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Edouard Goerg at the Grande Chaumière, though Nicolas de Staël's painting The Football Game is often credited with having the largest impact on his artistic vision.

After his five year stay in Paris, Clark returned to the United States, where he moved to New York City. It was in New York that Clark became involved with the Brata Gallery on Tenth Street. At the Brata, Clark worked and exhibited alongside such artists as George Sugarman, Sal Romano, Al Held, John Krushenick, and Ronald Bladen. While associated with the Brata, Clark first worked with the shaped canvas medium, which he exhibited in the Brata Gallery Christmas Group Show in 1957; a later painting using this shaped canvas method was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago for their permanent collections.

Throughout his career, Clark also became known for utilizing a push broom technique of painting, which allowed him to sweep large quantities of pigment across the painting surface; boldly manifesting his visions onto canvas. Clark received several awards for his work, and his pieces were collected by museums internationally.

Clark passed away on October 18, 2019.

Edward Clark was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 23, 2005.

See how Edward Clark is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Edward Clark's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward Clark lists his favorites, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward Clark lists his favorites, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward Clark lists his favorites, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward Clark lists his favorites, pt. 4
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward Clark describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward Clark describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward Clark describes his father's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward Clark describes his childhood and his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward Clark remembers his paternal grandmother and moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward Clark recalls his paternal grandmother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward Clark describes New Orleans' Storyville neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward Clark describes family holidays and growing up in poverty
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward Clark describes the racism in his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward Clark recalls Joe Louis' impact on the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Edward Clark describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Edward Clark describes his experiences in Catholic school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward Clark shares his experiences in Catholic school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward Clark describes finishing high school and entering the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward Clark describes his experience in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward Clark recalls attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward Clark describes moving to Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward Clark recalls studying art in Paris, France and his instructors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edward Clark describes figurative and abstract paintings and his artwork
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Edward Clark talks about painting abstract art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward Clark recounts meeting French journalist Michele Conil-Lacoste
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward Clark describes the newspaper coverage of his gallery exhibits
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward Clark describes artists in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edward Clark describes racism and perceptions of race in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edward Clark remembers African American artists in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edward Clark recalls his personal relationships in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edward Clark shares his social observations from Paris, France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edward Clark describes the international influence on contemporary American art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Edward Clark recalls his trips to Paris, France and his shaped canvas paintings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edward Clark describes moving to New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Edward Clark describes the 10th Street Galleries
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Edward Clark describes artist Al Loving
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Edward Clark describes his push broom painting technique
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Edward Clark describes painter Joan Mitchell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Edward Clark describes the scholarships and awards he won
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Edward Clark describes artist Daniel LaRue Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Edward Clark describes his experiences as a visiting artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Edward Clark describes selling his art in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Edward Clark shares his motivation as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Edward Clark recalls his travels in Europe
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Edward Clark recall his trip to Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Edward Clark describes African sculptures and meeting Ulli Beier
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Edward Clark recounts his experiences in Cameroon, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Edward Clark recounts his experiences in Cameroon, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Edward Clark describes his trip to Brazil, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Edward Clark describes his trip to Brazil, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Edward Clark names some of his notable art patrons
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Edward Clark describes his experiences in Brazil
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Edward Clark narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Edward Clark narrates his photographs, pt. 2