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Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at Norwich stages a spectacular exhibition across the building exploring the stained glass of Brian Clarke, supported and organised in association with HENI.

Clarke is celebrated as the greatest stained glass artist in the world today and has collaborated globally with the most radical architects of our time.

Brian Clarke: The Art of Light opens on 17 June 2018 and runs until 14 October 2018.

His stained glass screens which will debut in this exhibition are considered to represent the most significant artistic and technical breakthrough in the history of this thousand year old medium.

Art of Light: Brian Clarke
Fez, Pink
Wall Street
Chill Out
World Without End

Over the last five decades, the artist has consistently pushed the boundaries of stained glass as a medium, both in terms of technology, and its poetic potential. His reputation is based on major installation projects all over the world, as well as individual works.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be 30 stained glass screens which the artist has produced over the last three years. Clarke has been interested in the idea of the screen for many years. “I wanted to use natural light instead of synthetic light… the folding screen was an expression of that… they are a new kind of beauty.”

Much of the technical virtuosity required to create the screens simply didn’t exist until recently. The artist tells us that “it hasn’t been until now that we have the glass technology to actually express what was in my mind. It couldn’t have been made before now. We didn’t have the capacity.”

The exhibition will also showcase some of the artist’s early leaded works.

The Exhibition Curator is Paul Greenhalgh with Assistant Curator: Katherine Mager.

Brian Clarke (b. 1953, Oldham, Lancashire, England) is the world’s most celebrated stainedglass artist, with a practice that extends to painting, sculpture, and mosaics. Since the early 1970s, he has collaborated with many of the world’s most prominent architects, including Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, and Zaha Hadid, to create large-scale glass installations for buildings worldwide. Clarke’s stained-glass works and paintings have been the subject of exhibitions at international museums including the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan; Munich Stadtmuseum, Germany; the Centre International de Vitrail, Chartres, France; the Corning Museum of Glass, USA; The Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany; the Vitro Musée, Romont, Switzerland. He lives and works in London.

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Detail from World Without End