Clarke, Graham: Shoreham Valley


This exquisite miniature woodcut contains an extraordinary range of patterning and design and is printed on an unusual ochre green coloured paper. I’ve used a close up as the main image to demonstrate the detail provided, and the whole woodcut as the second image.

Very few copies exist but it’s also rare as Clarke produced few woodcuts before taking up his trade mark etching. In excellent condition, signed and mounted ready for framing.

The woodcut almost certainly shows the Kentish Darent Valley with its rolling hills which the artist Samuel Palmer described as an ‘earthly paradise’. This is the ‘Garden of England’ where crops including apples, hops, wheat and lavender flourish.

Artist: Graham Clarke, (born 1941)

Title and date: Shoreham Valley, mid-1960s

Size: 6.5 x 19.5 cms.


Artist description:

Graham Clarke was educated at Beckenham Art School and the Royal College of Art where he specialised in illustration and printmaking. With encouragement from Edward Bawden, Clarke began refining an individual approach, focusing on traditional landscapes and rural scenes. He benefited from the print boom of the 1960s, when commissions from Editions Alecto and London Transport helped to launch his career as a printmaker. He has been widely exhibited in Britain and abroad and examples of his work are held by Royal and public collections including the V and A, The British Museum and The Tate Gallery.