Pack­ing hu­mour into his­tory

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His tongue-in-cheek art has been de­pict­ing Ken­tish scenes with more than a lit­tle hu­mour for decades.

Now Maid­stone-based artist, il­lus­tra­tor, au­thor and hu­morist, Gra­ham Clarke, brings a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of etch­ings, Here & There, to the Lin­den Hall Stu­dio in Deal un­til the end of the month.

A pro­lific print­maker, he has cre­ated some 500 im­ages of English ru­ral life and his­tory, and of the English­man’s view of Europe. Born in 1941, his up­bring­ing was in the aus­ter­ity of war-time and post-war Britain, and today he packs com­edy from ev­ery­day life and his brand of hu­mour to his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of past and present his­tory through the eyes of the com­mon man. He also has a pen­chant for the sea, dogs and some Ken­tish hops.

Gallery di­rec­tor at Lin­den Hall Stu­dio, Myles Cor­ley, said: “When Gra­ham Clarke agreed to have an ex­hi­bi­tion of etch­ings from 1975 through to the present day, the gallery team and I were ab­so­lutely thrilled. Gra­ham is one of Britain’s most highly re­garded and re­spected artists, whose etch­ings are a cru­cial part of Bri­tish art his­tory.” Gra­ham added: “I am es­pe­cially pleased to have an ex­hi­bi­tion at this fine gallery in lovely Deal, a place which holds a very spe­cial place in the Clarke fam­ily his­tory. “One hun­dred years ago my Great Un­cle Bill bought a house in Clan­william Road and for many years it be­came the des­ti­na­tion for the rest of the fam­ily to spend their sum­mers. “Most of the works on show will be etch­ings, each one pro­duced en­tirely by hand on cop­per us­ing tech­niques at least 200 years old.”

You can catch Here & There at the stu­dio in St Ge­orge’s Road, Deal un­til Sun­day, July 29. The gallery is open Tues­days to Fri­days, 10am to 4pm, and Sun­days 11am to 2pm. For more de­tails visit lin­den­hall­stu­dio.co.uk

Gra­ham Clarke brings a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion to Deal

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