CONRAD CLARK 1941 -
Newcastle-on-Tyne and London UK
India, Athens Greece, Australia
Conrad Clark is the son of celebrated colorful and outrageous UK classical and experimental composer Elisabeth Lutyens
Conrad's grandfather and Elisabeth's father was Sir Edwin Lutyens, renowned architect of England responsible for some of the best known and most enduring buildings of the twentieth century.
Sir Edwin ("Ned") also designed furniture and lighting.
Contemporary remakes of his interior design work can be seen on the Lutyens Furniture website in the US
Conrad's civic design and public art projects and his forays into furniture design are tilts at his ancestry from Sir Edwin, who also produced innovative designs for interior use as well as garden furniture
ELISABETH LUTYENS 1906 - 1983
Cover of the biography "A Pilgrim Soul, The Life and Work of Elisabeth Lutyens"
From BBC website
"Lutyens was known and respected as a creative artist for whom compromise was impossible.
She was also a provocative and inspiring teacher who gave herself unstintingly to her pupils. Her output was large and varied, and the importance of her contribution to the country's musical life was recognised in 1969, when she was made a Commander of the British Empire."
Elisabeth Lutyens links
SIR EDWIN "NED" LUTYENS 1869 - 1944
Conrad's Grandfather, and Elisabeth's father is Sir Edwin "Ned" Lutyens, an eminent architect of England and considered one of the greats of his century.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL OF THE MISSING
Lutyens is the much admired architect of the "Thiepval Memorial of the Missing" which refused to draw distinctions of rank or religion when listing the names of the tens of thousands who died in one of the bloodiest episodes of WWI.
A monument for those who died in the total carnage of the war machine at the Battle of the Somme in France.
The Memorial walls feature over 70,000 names of those who were so maimed by their experiences as to be reduced to a minced tangle of dismembered humanity in the horrors of war.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 1932
By Prince Edward . . . click here (need Quicktime)
More architectural projects
Who's who of First World War: Edward Lutyens
This Book on the Somme includes many references to Lutyens' Thiepval Monument and his deeply humanitarian response to the work of creating this shrine to the human tragedy on an incomprehensible scale that is war.
From the Lutyens Trust site
Edwin's Indian influenced designs during his New Dehli post.
Edwin's domestic furniture designs
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Inside Lutyens Model Of Liverpool Cathedral
A journey through a beautiful model created for a project that did not proceed set to music
See images of the stunning model here
In 1982 Conrad left the UK for Athens, Greece where he lived and worked for several years, absorbing and studying Hellenic culture
The Move to Australia
In 1987 he emigrated to Australia and has since created many large-scale totemic and mythological sculpture works in wood and stone.
In 1993 Conrad participated in the IVth International Symposium at Broken Hill, NSW
Recent life and works
More recently he has worked extensively with several Landscape Architects on various design projects around NSW.
Conrad has turned his hand to domestic design.
His range is unique and innovative and reflects his ongoing enquiry into form and experiments in combining materials.
He creates sculptural furniture and lamp designs.
Conrad has also worked on a number of Public Art sculptural forms.
He has exhibited his work at the Sydney Gallery, Ultimo in Sydney and also at the Leura Gateway Gallery and the historic Everglades Gardens, Leura in the Blue Mountains. He has also shown at Orange Regional Gallery.
Relocation to the vibrant Melbourne art scene
After many years contributing to the artistic life and community of the Blue Mountains, Conrad has recently relocated to the vibrant creative centre that is Melbourne.
He is very happy in his new home in the "Athens of the south", the largest Greek city outside of Greece, and engaging fully with the local creative and social opportunities that the "city of design" has to offer.
Quotes from Conrad
"In my design work I have developed a family of forms, mixing the organic and the geometric (hexagonal).
There is a balance of strong colours and patterns and innovative materials.
In my sculpture I am most interested in imagery and structure.
Through imagery I find the most powerful totemic and symbolic language which gives free range to my imagination and poetry.
Structures are the architectural language to build the image in 3 dimensions."
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Fringe Furniture September/October 2008
"mythologies" sweet foray gallery april-may 1996
- enquiry form for exhibition
- include a link in form to let sender also send themselves a copy
Reviews . . . Items of interest
"AS IT HAPPENED"
TODAY JULY 1st Saturday
CONRAD CLARK was interviewed on Radio National from 10am – 11am to help mark the centenary of the birth of his mother ELIZABETH LUTYENS, film music composer.
Elizabeth was was a well known composer of music, and film scores for numerous high profile films.
Conrad spoke very movingly about the mother he admired, loved. and has been promoting, as her music scores are world renowned and highly in advance for the times.
Concurrently CONRAD has two sculptures on show at the Orange Regional Gallery, where he was invited to exhibit his “TERROR AND MARTYRDOM’ works from June 10 – July 1st.
The works are complex and with much historical imagery incorporated within the forms. Touches of bright primary colour bring these sculptures to life. Also interesting is the masterly use of materials as disparate as aluminium, steel and wood.
July 1st 2006
Reference link: BMAN
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