Ben Clarke

b. 1990, Ipswich, UK.



2016 - 2017 Postgraduate "The Drawing Year" at the Royal Drawing School, London

2010 – 2014 BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London.

2012 – 2013 Semester  Exchange Program at New York Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture, New York City.

2009 – 2010 Foundation Diploma (Fine Art) at Byam Shaw School of Art (Central St. Martins), London.


Solo Exhibitions

"The Cock Tavern Paintings Part 1" at Ladette Space, 6th - 15th March 2015, curated by Elena Colman

"Ben Clarke" at William Gibbons Fine Art, Yorkshire, 6th-7th July 2013. Curated by Rob Small.

"Groundwork" at Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich, June 2009. Curated by the artist.


Selected Group Exhibitions

"Grit: 11 Painters" at Mercer Chance Gallery, May 2016, curated by Ben Westley Clarke

"Dark Ages" at Geddes Gallery, January 2016, curated by Rae Hicks and Sam Hanner

"The Behaviour of Being" at Cob Gallery, London, 29th September - 4th October 2015, curated by Mia Pfeifer

"Adam Fenton's Painting Club" at No Format Gallery, London, 20th - 23rd August 2015, curated by Adam Fenton

"Who is Normal?" at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre, London, 17th July - 6th August 2015, curated by Oliver Chan

"Ben Westley Clarke + Ben Edge: Contemporary Folklore" at Leyden Gallery, 9th - 25th May 2015, curated by Lindsay Moran and Adriana Cerne.

"Salad" at L'Escargot, 21st January - 21st February 2015. Curated by Andrew Stahl.

"New Cross Pavillion 2" at Harts Lane Studios, 13th - 15th February 2015. Curated by Benjamin Prosser.

Slade Degree Show Exhibition at the Slade School of Fine Art, London,  May 2014.

"Suns Off" at the Nursery Studio, London, 20th - 27th November 2013. Curated by Ben Clarke, Ben Meschko and Babette Semmer.

“The Court Presents: Cambion” at the Nursery Studio, London, 20th- 23rd September 2013. Curated by The Court.

“Royal Academy Staff Exhibition” at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 5th August – 5th September 2012.

“Utrophia Opening Exhibition” at Utrophia, London, 30th July- 6th August 2011. Curated by Ben Meschko.

“Kwik-Love”, space courtesy of Premier Foods, as part of Hackney Wicked Festival, London, 29th-31st July 2011. Curated by Leo Cohen.

“Wild Gift” at House Gallery, London, 21st- 25th March 2011. Curated by Ben Clarke and Ben Meschko.

“The Works Of Neglected British Artists” at Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich, 19th- 26th August 2010. Curated by Ben Clarke and Benedict Blyth.

“Organized Chaos” at Untitled Gallery, Barcelona, 24th- 31st July 2010. Curated by Xev Kaye and Jessica Casey.

“El Ray” at Colorama, London, 3rd-17th June 2010. Curated by Oliver Cronk.

Foundation Diploma Show at Byam Shaw School of Art, London, May 2010.



Steer Prize for Outstanding Performance in Painting, 2014

Full Scholarship from New York Studio School to study with Graham Nickson at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida in October 2012

Melville-Nettleship Prize for Figure Composition, 2011-12


Other Projects

Ben organized and curated the monthly “Culture” nights between April and August 2013, which took place in London. Each night included a mixed variety of performances, including noise performances, live folk music and live poetry.

Ben is part of an on-going musical project entitled “The Hat Brothers”.

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