Kenneth Clarke

I am a self taught artist from Tyneside England. I first started with art making small clay sculptures to relax from a busy lifestyle competing in sport and running a successful gym. After winning the British Championships and a Mr Universe tittle in by 2007 I decided to retire to a slower pace of life. My interest in art helped to fill the void I felt after leaving the sport of bodybuilding. So I focused intensely on developing my own unique style. Often my artworks feature figurative  and abstract elements combined with a fantasy theme.Recently I have been creating some new sculptures and  geometric abstract painting as well as some acrylic impasto technique. A lot of energy goes into my art and  it shows in the finished paintings. A sense of drama and intensity comes to mind when looking at my larger images. My other drawings are soft gentle and erotic to celebrate the beauty of the female form. I paint with bright vibrant colours and my imagination create images that draw the viewer to take a closer look. Art is my release from daily life. Art gives me the opportunity to express my feelings from past or present. I have been an artist all my life really. I spent twenty years sculpting my own body into a herculean physique. My background in bodybuilding influencing my interest in figurative art. Music is a great motivation and influence too. Music is a great inspiration to lots of things including my art. Some of my paintings feature a musical theme like a ballerina or musical notes. Recently I have created a new style of painting featuring fluid texture with impasto underpainting and seamless glowing abstract figures. As far as I know this style is unique to my work. Another series of kaleidoscopic, geometric abstract paintings is growing and developing. After some recent holidays I have been inspired to expand a series of dramatic sunset images that are bright and  colourfull with a charming naive quality. It took a lot of courage for me to go from the strength and power of bodybuilding to the softer, gentle world of art. Strength and energy I now freely express in my art instead of the gym. Art has brought out a confidence in me that I never had with large muscles. People now see me as a man with feelings and emotions that I express in my artwork. Now I am Kenneth Clarke the artist that used to be a bodybuilder. I am happier now holding a pencil or brush now as opposed to bars or dumbbells. Thankyou for taking the time to read my profile.   Kenneth Clarke.

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