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Oil painting - Untitled Wound

Untitled Wound

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1990-1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clark, Michael, born 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on calico

  • Museum number:

    E.1463-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case BECK2, shelf 9

In 1977 Michael Clark (born 1954) became a habitue of the Colony Room Club, where he became acquainted with the artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and the arts patron Valerie Beston (1922-2005). In the early 1980s Beston suggested that Clark make the first of what became a series of portraits of Bacon. This sparked a friendship between the two. Bacon's work has always been highly influential on that of Clark, whose style has dark overtones that often echoes that of the older artist.

'Untitled Wound' is a miniature oil painting on calico. The style of the painting recalls the fleshy materiality of Francis Bacon. The iconic subject is related to Clark's 'Wounds of Christ' project at Chichester Cathedral (1994). This installation brought together themes that have occupied the artist's work for some time. Questioning our sense of self and the body in an age of AIDS, cloning and DNA fingerprinting, the artist seeks to frame these concerns in the context of the traditional religious iconography of the Stigmata and the Wounds of Christ, while relating to the Catholic concept of Transubstantiation.

Physical description

Semi-abstract indistinct representation of a wound, in flesh-toned colours, painted in oil paint on calico, unframed.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1990-1991 (made)

Artist/maker

Clark, Michael, born 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on calico

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm, Width: 14 cm

Object history note

Purchased, 2001

Historical context note

This small oil is a sketch relating to a series of five small wound paintings, entitled `Wounds of Christ' installed in Chichester Cathedral in 1994. This installation was said to bring together themes that have occupied the artist's work for some time. Questioning what becomes of our sense of self and the body in an age of AIDS, cloning and DNA fingerprinting, the artist seeks to frame these concerns in the light of the artist's wide ranging research into religious iconography, stigmata and the wounds of Christ, and piercing culture and notions of transgressive desire.

Descriptive line

`Untitled Wound', oil painting by Michael Clark, 1990-1991

Materials

Oil paint; Calico

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Memento Mori; Aids; Wound

Categories

Paintings; Christianity; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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