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Edward Clark (artist)


Edward Clark (artist)

Edward Clark
Born (1926-05-06) May 6, 1926 (age 88)
Storyville, New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Field Painting
Training The Art Institute of Chicago
Movement Abstract Expressionism
Awards 1972:National Endowment for the Arts

Edward Clark also known as Ed Clark (b. May 6, 1926) is an African-American abstract expressionist painter and one of the early experimenters with shaped canvas in the 1950s.[1][2] Edward Clark stated:[3]

"..all great artists can only do what they esteem to be right. No matter how it appears at first, it will always be beautiful."


Edward Clark was born May 6, 1926 in the Storyville section of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Military Service in World War II

Edward Clark served In World War II in the US Air Corps, stationed in Guam.


Ed Clark studied from 1947 to 1951 in The Art Institute of Chicago with Helen Gardner and Louis Ritman. Under the GI Bill of Rights which financed the higher education of recruits, Clark took residence in Paris in 1952. He enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière where he studied until 1953.[4]

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Edward Clark returned to New York in 1956. He and Ted Jones (painter) were the first Afro-Americans that actively participated in the New York Tenth Street galleries. Clark had his first one man show in 1958 in the Brata Gallery. After the show he soon returned to Paris where he continued to show.

Clark is the first Afro-American painter credited with working on a shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s. He is also known for his powerful brush stroke achieved with a push broom, large-scale canvases, and his vibrant use of color.[5] He arrives in Paris each summer and returns to New York City. He had number of well received exhibitions in both continents.

An exhibit "Beyond Black" featuring Ed Clark, Eugene J. Martin and John T. Scott opened at the LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA on Jan. 28-May 8, 2011.

Museums and Collections

Ed Clark’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan; the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, New York; the Metropolitan Museum in New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles, California, the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; the James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland; the Museum of Solidarity in Titograd, Yugoslavia; the Museum of Modern Art in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; the Centro de Arte Moderno in Guadalajara, Mexico; and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, among others.



  • Kenkeleba Gallery (New York, N.Y.),
  • Asake Bomani and Belvie Rooks, ISBN 0-936609-25-7
  • Marika herskovic, ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. p. 78-81

External links

  • Ed Clark’s website
  • Biography of Ed Clark at the Parish Gallery
  • Biography of Ed Clark at the G.R. N'Namdi Gallery

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