• Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Constructs

    Pierre Clerk
    02/26/2009 - 04/18/2009
    Constructs
  • Pierre Clerk

    Blue Blood, 1976
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    101,6 x 86,4 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Bleeker Street, 1971
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    156 x 3,5 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Tadhg, 1970
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    223,5 x 294,6 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Sakimi, 1977
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    183 x 183 cm
    unique artwork
    SACEM
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Tulita, 1977
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    122 x 122 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Provungnituk, 1975
    Peinture acrylique sur toile
    183 x 183 cm
    unique artwork
    Collection privée
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Print IV., 1971
    Silkscreen on paper
    65 x 65 cm
    Edition of 60
    Stuttgart series
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Print III. (Domberger series), 1971
    Silkscreen on paper
    65 x 65 cm
    Edition of 60 + 1 AP
    Stuttgart series
    Artothèque de Pessac
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Print II. (Domberger series), 1971
    Silkscreen on paper
    65 x 65 cm
    Edition of 60
    Stuttgart series
    Artothèque de Pessac
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Print I. (Domberger series), 1971
    silkscreen on paper
    65 x 65 cm
    Edition of 60
    Stuttgart series
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Penicuik, 1977
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    183 x 274 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Persian Gulf, 1976
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    122 x 122 cm
    unique artwork
    Collection privée
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Kovik, 1976
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    183 x 183 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Cabasta, 1977
    Acrylic painting on canvas
    183 x 183 cm
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    6Hex, 2001
    red painted steel
    Dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Amarillo, 2000
    yellow painted steel
    dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk
  • Pierre Clerk

    Quatro, 2000
    red painted steel
    dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Pierre Clerk

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Pierre Clerk (1928) draws his artistic references from the elementary and universal forms of Brancusi and the cubism of Picasso, and is especially influenced by Theo van Doesburg and the Neo-Plasticism movement driven by Mondrian. He also retains the «painting with scissors» collage works by Matisse.
Pierre Clerk then appropriates the main artistic trends of his time (Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Post Minimalism, and Conceptual art), selecting in particular the writings of Barnett Newman and his proposals on the subject of the spontaneous gesture. The artist integrates these notions into his practice, producing precise and rigorous paintings.
Pierre Clerk's singular works are based on a very personal linear and graphic language, often going against the current of the contemporary trends of his time. His powerful and structured works are not divested of movement or progress. His spatially graphic representations sometimes reach monumental proportions. The forms he uses are strictly geometrical. The horizontal and vertical lines, the curves and counter curves, impose and balance themselves in a relationship of volume and colour. These rational organizations of geometrical elements result in paintings of an objective nature.
While at the end of 1960's abstract expressionist painters triumph, Pierre Clerk further imposes his vision. His geometrical abstraction eliminates any trace of pictorial content, any suggestion of an emotional relationship between the artist and his work. His artistic vocabulary evolves through works that are minimalist, monumental and modern.



Arnaud Dubois