harry clarke

Think Dali motives, Mucha details, and Beardsley style; we’ve got ourselves a Harry Clarke. An Art Noveau period illustrator with glass painting background, he uses monochromatic tone as the basis of his work; yet what differs him from Beardsley is that he puts black as the core ground and splatters on top with white to introduce detail, whilst the other does vice versa. Beardsley create emphasis with blocks of black, and Clarke puts thin lines tightly together highlighting the whites. Both great at what they do, Clarke twists it with an obvious light of sublime, with his also slender figures appearing always with shadowed features at a cross hatched manner. Very figurative and filled with details that appear like an illusion to our eyes, the flat perspective images somehow creates an interesting depth by playing with the positive and negative space.