Artist Statement: The Music Portfolio
‘The Music Portfolio’ is one I have been working on for the past year. It comprises a series of portraits of Canadian musicians mainly from the Kingston area. The majority of portraits are shot in a studio and then digitally dropped into a new environment. A few are shot on location.
For the most part these portraits are very simple and uncomplicated. The musicians are seated directly in front of me, many unclothed and they look into the camera with minimal expression. The simplicity of the pose combined with the new environment produces some striking images.
This series is a continuation of my work that I exhibited last year at Studio 22 Open Gallery, portraits of visual artists.
I have always enjoyed collaborating with other artists and I appreciate those who have sat for me in this most recent portfolio.
Bernard was born and raised in Kingston, and since childhood has had a strong interest in visual arts. He bought his first 35mm camera in Grade 10 and within a year was processing and printing his own black & white photographs.
He graduated in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence College in 1986, with his major study being photography. Bernard has been heavily influenced by the master portrait photographers Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.
Clark has been exhibiting his fine art images for the past 25 years in several solo and group exhibitions. His work revolves around two distinct themes: Portraits of people in society who share a common link, and architectural studies of buildings in various states of decay.
In 2012 Bernard had a 4 month solo exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre ‘Tattoo Portraits.’ The exhibition was accompanied by a significant catalogue that is available at the AEAC and the Museum of Modern Art. His most recent 2013 show at Studio 22 Open Gallery included portraits of Kingston artists which have been described as “monumental and unsettling”.