"As a child in the churches, the schools and the community, I dreamed of a destiny. My search became a single purpose for the dignity of Black Americans instead of attempting to solve the concerns of all humanity. Early on, I was convinced a creative spirit must soar beyond compartments of religion and politics. It was through the roots of African Art that I learned of the creative source of most Western art. As I stood near the Nile at Cairo and looked toward the Mediterranean in awe, I envisioned how the Greeks, Persians, Romans, etc., had sailed up the Nile, taking away the fine arts, sciences, history and other disciplines. There were records on paper, on stone, on walls in the temples that rivaled anything produced later in the Renaissance. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

Over the years, I have painted representative and figurative subjects. About thirty years ago, I was introduced to Non-Objective Expressionism. I didn't attempt abstract art in the 1930s, nor did I try during my years at the Barnes Foundation. Dr. Barnes not only has the world's finest collection of Modern Art, but presents the theory in his book, "The Art of Painting," that the format of the Modern Masters was the same as that of old Western Masters. For instance, the contemporary artist presents a simple design, while the old Master presented the same format, but built in the detailed subject matter. I believe that the African creative artists gave the format to the Western world and they are masters of design (especially Egyptians). I feel that I understand contemporary directions; and I relax for a while, to have fun such as with inventive avant-garde. I have learned much that I have applied to my craft, and I feel that I have become a more flexible creative spirit." PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

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Boats on the Bayou - Year 1961

Contribution as an Artist

Claude Clark was an easel painter. He used European tools and methods of work. Clark did a variety of work ranging from figures, flower studies, landscapes, boat marine life and nonobjective abstract. Clark was a master of light and color. He has been listed in numerous art directories and books. Clark's work can be found at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., de Young Museum in San Francisco, plus numerous other major art museums and collections throughout the country. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

  1. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
  2. The David C. Driskell Center in College Park, MD
  3. National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C
  4. Camille O. Cosby and William H. Cosby Jr. Collection
  5. Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA
  6. Apex Museum, Atlanta, GA
  7. Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  8. DuSable Museum, Chicago, IL
  9. Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  10. Hammonds House, Atlanta, GA
  11. Hampton University Museum, Hampton Roads, VA
  12. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.
  13. M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
  14. Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  15. Talladega College, Talladega, AL
  16. Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
  17. St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

  1. 1997 A Visual Heritage 1945 to 1980: Bay Area African American Artists, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
  2. 1996 Claude Clark: on My Journey Now, A Selection of Paintings from 1940 1986, The Apex Museum, Atlanta, GA
  3. 1988 Master Art Exhibition (NCA), Salvador-Bahia. Brazil
  4. 1985 Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  5. 1983-84 Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles, CA
  6. 1972 A Retrospective Exhibition, 1937 1971, Paintings by Claude Clark, Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  7. 1956 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  8. 1953 Sorbonne, Paris, France
  9. 1945 Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
  10. 1939-40 World's Fair, New York, NY