Related to the exhibition Ann Clarke: A Life in Motion on view 1 December 2023–28 March 2024.
Ann Clarke, Breeze, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist. Photo: Mark Birksted
At 13 years of age Ann Clarke stood in front of J.M.W. Turner’s painting Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth and thought to herself, “That’s a good way to spend a life—that is what I will do.” At that moment, she found her vocation. Join Ann Clarke at this artist talk, where she will touch upon exhibitions, artworks and artists that have inspired and influenced her 57 year career.
Born in Britain, Ann Clarke received her art education at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London University, graduating in 1966 with the Painting Prize. She came to Canada in 1968, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1973. She has lived in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland. During 1969–1979, she was known as Ann Clarke Darrah. Clarke has taught at many institutions in Canada, including the Banff Centre, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, Red Deer College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Queen’s and Guelph Universities. From 1992 she taught in the Department of Visual Arts at Lakehead University, retiring in 2009 as Professor Emerita. In 2008 Clarke was elected to membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Since 1969 Clarke has had over forty solo exhibitions in Canada and since 1966 has shown work in more than ninety group shows in Britain, Canada and the United States. Her work is in public and private collections in Canada, Britain, the United States and Australia.