John Clinock’s art is abstractly suggestive and tentatively provocative, cleverly interweaving colours, textures and densities to produce varied contrasts, zonal contours, layered tapestries, as well as nuanced interplays between clarity and ambiguity.
Brave and Bravo at once!
John is a painter who has shunted overt justification and analytical appraisal of his art by and large. Over the years, his emphases have been on cherishing the cumulative benefits of creative agency and professional experience, as well as on harnessing the aesthetic impulse, the prolificacy of representation, and the fecundity of high-level abstraction through introspection, mystery, paradox and magic, in/by/via which a range of effects and results can leap onto his canvases, having been summoned, emancipated or sublimated from his subconscious and intuitions.
John is a retired teacher who has taught art for more than two decades; a lifelong student who is still taking classes in a course at the local art school; and a blogger who has sought to transcend the barriers of age, technology and (sub)culture. His attitude towards learning and life and the admirable way in which he conducts online conversations with SoundEagle and others are evident and consistent across different subject matters, including those taking place beyond his own blog and unrelated to his art, as the following list of three posts convincingly demonstrate:
- Why Blog 3 comments from John Clinock 9 December 2012
- End-of-Year Greetings from SoundEagle in Readiness for the Festive Season and Faster Website 1 comment from John Clinock 30 November 2012
- If My Name Were Moon Tonight… 1 comment from John Clinock 29 November 2012
SoundEagle had been very fortunate to be having the following “interviews” and discussions with John Clinock over two days in late November 2012. The discussions comprise three parts: the first concerns a single drawing entitled “Full Moon”; the second deals with a collection of drawings where an evolution in, or a succession of, styles and techniques can be identified; and the third concentrates on a series of mixed-media paintings.