Clive HEAD



Clive Head is a British artist who currently lives in Yorkshire, England. Clive Head paintings reflect an instinctive need to create from his experience of the world around him. He is widely considered to have created a new visual language for 21st-century painting. Head begins by sketching and studying from an unremarkable starting point, for example the exit of a London underground station or a window seat in a café, he then reproduces the scene in paint from a wide-angled viewpoint so that it appears like a condensed, almost photographic panorama, impossible to contain in reality from a single vantage point. Head draws influence from Cubism in his representation of movement through space and time, but aims for a more unified composition.

Clive Head was born in Maidstone, Kent, England in 1965. A precocious talent, Head had the ability to draw naturalistically long before he learnt to read. His critical approach, and interest in art theory and history, echo his earlier role in art education. He founded the department of Fine Art at University College Scarborough (York University) where he taught painting and art history. He left teaching in 2000, after his first major solo show with Harry Blain. At this time he began showing with Louis Meisel in New York. In 2005, he joined Marlborough Fine Art, London where he remained until 2014. In 2010, Head had an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, which broke attendance records. In 2012, he followed this with a project at Dulwich Picture Gallery which was similarly received by large visitor numbers. His work proved to be equally popular when it was exhibited at the Sainsbury Centre in 2014. Head’s role in the development of the Photorealist movement since the 1990s remains fundamental, influencing many younger painters both in their methods and ideology.

In recent years, Head has exhibited at many major international art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, FIAC and TEFAF Maastricht. Works continue to be exhibited in museum exhibitions of hyperrealism, for example at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2010 and 2017), Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, and Tubingen, Germany.

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