About the Artist:
Charlene Clark

Brightly colored oil paintings of urban scenery, nostalgic transportation and strong-willed women, are some of the recurrent images in Charlene Clark’s artwork. This self-taught painter refers to her style as “anti-academic impressionism”.

“There is an abundance of potent memories inside my head and since most of these images no longer exist in reality I feel compelled to put them on canvas,” says Clark. “I really need to see these fantasies fleshed-out so I can interact with them, at least through the paint,” she adds.

Equally important to the combination of paint and imagination is her research with heavy emphasis on storytelling and myths. “In the course of exhibiting at art shows, people often spontaneously share their memories that relate to the painting. I accept these stories as gifts and record as much as I can,” Clark explains. She uses this collected material to compose her folkloric descriptions which she includes with the sale of many paintings and prints.

In the 30-plus years of pursuing her art full time Clark’s work has consistently focused on vivid color and fanciful imagery. For over a decade she was primarily known nationally for her handmade line of papier-mâché animals and shoes. Her client list included Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and high-fashion shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman. It’s been nearly 15 years since she she resumed oil painting exclusively.

Clark began to teach herself to paint and draw while in her former career in television. She drew inspiration from her collections of vintage comic books and pinup magazines and mid-20th century objects and ephemera. Her artwork has been represented by galleries and shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. It has been featured in national and local publications including the Baltimore Sun, Better Homes and Gardens, Art Alternatives, Baltimore Magazine,Baltimore Style, and Chesapeake Life and has received national television coverage on Home and Garden TV, PBS and MSNBC.

July 20, 2015