Greg Clarke is an Australian visual artist, performing arts producer and festival director. Over the course of his wide-ranging arts career, he has also worked as a singer, performance artist, photographer, filmmaker and theatre producer.
After graduating from art school in South Australia with a BA in Fine Art majoring in photography under Fiona Hall and Michael Snelling, Greg moved to Sydney in the late 1980’s to pursue his career as a visual artist.
Working from a studio in an old tomato sauce factory in Darlinghurst, Greg focused on making collages and constructions from found objects and images. Many of the images he used came from the old books he would buy at auctions and then resell at the Balmain markets. Music has always played a large part in his life with Greg performing in alternative art bands Pluto in Paris, Kiss me Stupid and Beautiful & Gorgeous. After a number of solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide Greg moved to New York where he developed his ideas and a concept for a new form of contemporary vaudeville.
Returning to Sydney, Greg put his concept into practice and created the highly successful Sunset Club at Bondi Beach. This was to be a turning point in his career as although it steered him away from being a practicing artist he became a highly successful entrepreneur, creative producer and festival director. A twenty year career followed from working at Belvoir St Theater to producing the Jamie & Vanessa dance parties and the nightclub Spicy Friday throughout the nighties, becoming Senior Producer at the Sydney Opera House, Head of Events in Sydney’s The Rocks and Darling Harbor and most recently Director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe festival.
Much of the success Greg has had throughout his career in the performing arts can be attributed to his visual arts background. Most recently he created the street ballet The Sirens featuring 4 metre high dresses made up of thousands of LED lights, a 10 metre Disco Cuttlefish and Window World an event featuring performances in windows of the State Library of South Australia.
Now based back in Sydney Greg is currently focusing on his visual art practice, returning to the medium of collage he had started experimenting with so many years ago. Although the found material, scissors, glue and varnish and post modernist practice have now been replaced with a Canon EOS, an Iphone and a MacBook Pro as he digitally manipulates his own photographs with a refined new modernist aesthetic.