Family Reunion: Portraits by Timothy J. Clark Now on View at Howard University’s Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts Gallery

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  • February 28, 2022

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Timothy J. Clark, Faith Ringgold with Die, 2020, charcoal on laid paper, 24 ½” x 19”
Timothy J. Clark

Family Reunion: Portraits by Timothy J. Clark is currently on view at Howard University’s Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts Gallery.  Continuing in the tradition of John Singer Sargent that celebrates the relationship between drawing and painting, Clark– hailed for his still lifes, architectural interiors and exteriors, and portraits–is among America’s foremost watercolor artists.

At the invitation of Dr. Lisa Farrington, director of the Howard University Gallery of Art, who curated the exhibition, Clark was asked to create new works for his one-man show–namely portraits of the “family” of friends with whom he has maintained close personal relationships throughout his life. Among them are the painters Gaye Ellington, the granddaughter of Duke Ellington, Faith Ringgold and James Little; musicians Jack McVea, Teddy Buckner, Art Davis, Michael White, and others from the world of jazz.

Timothy J. Clark, James Little, 2021, watercolor on laid paper, 23 ½” x 14 ½”
Timothy J. Clark

Created over the past year, this suite of stunning portraits shows both the finished paintings and the creative processes of the artist which includes his preparatory drawings. Intended for both the public as well as the students of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, the Clark portraits are on view through March 7, 2022. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Art Bridges Foundation.

As noted by Dr. Farrington: “In the 21st century, when the art world is flush with inventive and unorthodox methods and media, the quiet classicism of Tim Clark’s watercolors emerges tranquil and poignant from the mayhem of the contemporary art scene. Each portrait underscores two things: the artist’s ability to see into his subjects, and the souls of the subjects themselves, revealed by the artist’s deft hand. The works in this exhibition are as much records of the artist’s subjects as they are records of his presence in their lives. Clark’s gaze is sagacious and unflinching, and he has an unremitting passion to record the world as he sees it.”

The exhibition is runs through March 7th. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information visit  https://art.howard.edu/gallery-art or www.clarkart.com

About Timothy J. Clark

Known for his expressive interiors, urban landscapes, portraits and figures, Clark’s watercolors, oils and drawings are in over twenty museum collections, including the permanent collections at the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress Works on Paper in Washington D.C.; the Museum of the City of New York; the Hispanic Society Museum in New York; the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine; and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. A California native and graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Clark has studios in Capistrano Beach, California, New York City, and West Bath, Maine.

Timothy J. Clark, Gaye Ellington, 2021, charcoal drawing, 24 ½” x 19”
Timothy J. Clark

About The Howard University Gallery of Art of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

The Howard University Gallery of Art of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University dates from 1870 when it was known as the Historical Picture Gallery. It was officially established as the Howard University Gallery of Art in 1928 by action of the Board of Trustees to “make revolving exhibitions of contemporary arts and crafts available for visitation and study.” The Gallery formally opened on April 7, 1930, with a traveling exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings assembled and circulated by the College Art Association of America. After the success of this exhibition, a policy and program leading to the development of a permanent collection was adopted. James V. Herring, founder of the Department of Art, and James A. Porter, internationally renowned art historian and critic, were the earliest directors.


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