Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Santa Ana, CA
photos, ©1999 John Hazeltine
Bellosguardo: A View from Italy by Timothy J. Clark
Timothy J. Clark will present Bellosguardo ("beautiful view"), an exhibition of oils and watercolors of impressionist scenes from Italy, September 7 17, 2000 in the Gumbiner Center in The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana. The exhibition features images of Italy, including Sicily, Venice and Lake Como, in Clark's award-winning style. (left: Evening, San Dominico, © T. J. Clark 2000)
"I've always been inspired by the subject matter, the light, the language and the people of Italy," comments Clark. "I prefer the small villages where life is slow and picturesque."
For the last two decades, Clark has traveled extensively through Italy seeking subjects reflective of its beauty and flavor. A favorite location is Venice, of which he declares, "with its water, gondolas and Moorish-influenced architecture, it has always been a Mecca for artists and writers." (left: Sunrise over San Georgio, © T. J. Clark 2000)
Born and reared in Santa Ana, Clark, 49, took his first art class at The Bowers Museum at age nine and has been drawing and painting ever since. He recalls, "That class cemented my commitment to be an artist. It is most rewarding for me to return to Bowers and Santa Ana with a display of my mature work." (right: Mending Nets, © T. J. Clark 2000)
Clark was educated at Southern California art schools, including The Art Center College of Design, the renowned Chouinard Art Institute, and the California Institute of the Arts. Currently on an extended leave from his position as Professor of Fine Arts at Coastline College in Fountain Valley, Clark works as a full-time artist living in Capistrano Beach and summering at a second studio on the coast of Maine. (left: Sunrise over Rialto, © T. J. Clark 2000)
Clark's paintings of landscapes, interiors and portraits are well known throughout the country. The artist's recent oil portrait of Dr. Leslie Purdy, President of Coastline College, was unveiled at a special ceremony at the Fountain Valley College in March, 2000.
In March, Clark held a solo exhibition at the Mission San Juan Capistrano Museum [see Mission San Juan Capistrano to Host Fourth Exhibition by Timothy J. Clark], featuring images of the old California missions. On October 7, one of Clark's paintings will be auctioned off at the Mission's Romance of the Bells gala dinner, with proceeds benefiting Mission preservation. Clark also held a solo exhibition, Twenty Years of Painting the Big Island at The Parker Ranch Art Museum in Kamuela, Hawaii in April. The artist has been invited to have several of his works included in the Denver Rotary Club's prestigious 20th anniversary Artists of America Exhibition opening September 23 at the Colorado History Museum. (left: Sicily, San Dominico Courtyard, © T. J. Clark 2000)
Earlier this year, Clark was honored at the National Academy Museum's The 175th Annual Exhibition for his painting, The Maine Woodworking Shop of Raymond C. Small. Clark received the William A. Paton Award for a watercolor by an American-born artist from the Museum's President, Raoul Middleman, at the Show's opening in New York City on February 9. Now in its 175th continuous year, the National Academy's juried exhibition is the nation's oldest, most exclusive and prestigious event of its kind. Clark's painting of his late father-in-law's woodworking shop in Maine was one of 190 works in this year's show chosen from more than 2000 entries by artists from across the country. (left: Isle of St. Romboli, Loading Nets, © T. J. Clark 2000)
Clark has been praised by some of the leading art experts in the Orange County community. For example, Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum, noted, "Timothy J. Clark, one of the finest artists of his time, is one of my favorite painters. With a fidelity to his own artistic vision, he paints in the rich traditions of John Singer Sargent and the American impressionists. His masterful drawing, heightened sense of color and light, and comprehensive compositions testify to decades of dedication as an artist. His sensibilities range from quiet and poetic to vigorous and emotional." (left: Lake Como Breakfast,© T. J. Clark 2000)
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