Frederick Clarke is a full-time artist living in Johannesburg where he moved to from Pretoria to study Fine Arts at Wits, completing his degree in 2008.
Frederick sidesteps exclusive gallery representation exhibiting solo, collaborative and curated shows in his own studio space called Math Room. The multi-creative, multi-functional space at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct is also where he lives.
Drawing, print-making, painting, sculpture, film, writing, performance, as well as music composition and production make up Frederick’s mixed media work. Although his work is thematically and stylistically varied, the common thread in most of his creations is an engagement with allegory, metaphysics, human evolution of consciousness, and universal harmony.
Frederick says that much of his imagery is inspired by ancient knowledge, mathematics, the body, plant medicine, objective/subjective interplay, the unseen, and universal paradox.
He says, “When people ask why I create what I do, my answer is – because it is my highest joy, and duty to channel creative energy as responsibly and consciously as possible in this life.
My primary intention is to facilitate balance, not only within myself and the human psyche, but more importantly for the Earth, of which I am a part. I am not my work, the work is its own energy, its own presence, I cannot speak for the work.
Thought manifests in a multitude of ways, and is experienced/interpreted in a further exponential web of individual and collective ways. Therefore I can never contain the work through fixed definition, nor would I ever want to.”