Presenting the history of American Art as seen through the eyes of Provincetown

Lucy Clark



LUCY CLARK of Washington, D.C. and Truro, MA, paints abstract landscapes focusing on the underlying harmonies and dynamics of shape, atmosphere and movements. Clark started her career as an abstract artist. "I was influenced by the heady ideas of the Washington Color School in the 70's which included such artists as Howard Mehring, Morris Louis and Alma Thomas." Clark studied drawing and painting with Allan Bridge and Joseph White.

Her current paintings reveal the motions and emotions of land and sea which the artist has represented through the rhythms of line and color. Clark has noted that she feels there are "'happenings in the landscape', like a mystical visit or horizon never crossed."

While primarily self-taught, Clark has maintained a painting studio throughout her career. She attended Simon's Rock of Bard College in the inaugural class of 1966 followed by a year at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1970 -1975 Clark co-established a studio in Washington DC where she hosted studio exhibits, exhibited in local galleries as well as being involved in the Conference for Women in the Visual Arts held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has studied and painted with individual artists and teachers in classes in anatomy, portraiture, drawing and painting in Washington DC, San Francisco and Oakland Ca.

Though her home town is Washington DC, Clark has also been living part of the last 20 years in Truro, MA. In recent years her work has become directly connected to the natural environment of Cape Cod. Clark's main focus is with the elements of the landscape which convey to her the abstracted essence of a scene both from a literal and an introspective response. The work is based on plein-air studies, memory and exploratory observations.