Born and raised in Montreal, William Clark is an artist living and working in Minneapolis. Photography and painting keep him charging ahead with a unique editorial vision of expression. His work is inspired by the human form and juxtapositions of beauty, mixed with the visual complications of modern society. A story teller. William’s imagery is constantly adapting and evolving both in commercial applications and fine art.
William’s photographs and paintings independently touch on a human dynamic, often landing his visual art at the intersection where private life and creative work meet. His fine artwork frequently rejects aspects of commercialism, while in contrast his commercial work embraces hints of fine art. Complicated, yet simple visual gestures are a hallmark of his creative process. Most recently William’s paintings have taken on a life of their own in his beloved intersection of life and art. His photographs take on painterly qualities, and his paintings reflect the sensibilities of a photograph.
William found an escape from the social isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown by turning the camera on himself, casting as both photographer and muse. William’s dedication to his unrelenting practice of seeing resulted in a two and a half year study of self portraiture consisting of over 900 images. His daily portrait series explores concepts of portraiture, ego, nudity and vulnerability, as well as the impact of social media. This body of work challenges the viewer to consider how one projects themself, their own human form in the absence of collaborative human interaction. The viewer is provided the opportunity to ponder one’s own internal monologue and who we really are, especially when no one else is watching.
Never satisfied with an iPhone camera or the status quo, William is fascinated with the evolution of a camera packaged into a telephone and how modern technology and communication are transforming the history of photography. A camera is always around his neck, he is constantly documenting the mundane everyday sights of the world at any given time or place. He is currently working on a collection of photographs entitled “Driving With My Father,” based on the vernacular concept of photography. This project tells a story about Charleston South Carolina, a home away from home…from the perspective of being a passenger in his fathers car, seeing the region from a passenger’s seat through another layer of automobile glass in addition to the lens of his camera.