Fred Clark (b.1989) is a sculptor working at the intersection between physical and digital art. Attending the Royal Drawing School in 2012 he spent 10 years drawing and painting before discovering the potential of drawing in three dimensions in virtual reality. Since then, he has worked closely with Pangolin Foundry near his studio in Stroud to materialise digital drawings in metal. He also makes sculptures by hand in various media from wire to wax, plaster and welded steel. Fred creates sculptures that partake of space and air and always have a strong linear component. He says of his new body of sculptures: “I have always had a fascination with the drawn line and its ability to denote volume and space. The simplest drawings are my favourites. The more economical the line, the more fascinating the mystery of representation. And so it is only natural that when I moved to sculpture I started by drawing lines in space.”
He participated in the 2013 BP portrait awards at the national Portrait Gallery and was included in the Ruth Borchard self-portrait prize with the first ever 3D printed digital drawing in that exhibition. He also has works in numerous private collections including the royal collection.
Recent solo exhibitions include:
February 2020: Paintings from Jerusalem, Fitzrovia Gallery, London
October 2018: On The Line, Drawings from Africa, Noho Studios, London.
March 2017: Tramuntana: paintings and drawings from Mallorca, Sydney Mews, London
October 2015: Paintings & Drawings from Andalucia at The Menier Gallery, London
2013 INDIA: a solo show at The Study, Blandford Street, London
2007: Solo Show at the Troubadour Pub and Gallery, Old Brompton Road
Awards and Prizes:
2021: Ruth Borchard self portrait prize, Coventry Cathedral
2020: Westmorland Landscape Prize, Reghed Centre, Cumbria.
2019: VIA Arts Prize, Brazilian Embassy, London
2016: The Moritz-Heyman Residency at Pignano, Volterra.
2013: BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London