Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke

The Vespers

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The Vespers


HENI is delighted to present The Vespers by Brian Clarke, a series of eight limited edition prints after his pivotal Vespers series of watercolours.

The editions are Giclée prints on Cotton Smooth Rag, set within an oak frame with UV-protected acrylic glass. The four large artworks measure 90 x 130 cm (framed). The four smaller works measure 90 x 70 (framed) cm. Each work is from an edition of 25 (+ 5 APs) and is hand-signed and numbered on the front.

The application window is open from 27 June until 8 July at 17:00 BST. Each application will be reviewed individually, and a manual allocation will take place to ensure fair and broad distribution.

 
Strength and Togetherness

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-1

90 x 130 cm (framed)
80 x 120 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Hope and Aspiration

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-2

90 x 130 cm (framed)
80 x 120 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Loyalty and Love

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-3

90 x 130 cm (framed)
80 x 120 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Everlasting Embrace

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-4

90 x 130 cm (framed)
80 x 120 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Garden of Patience

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-5

90 x 70 cm (framed)
80 x 60 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Garden of Fortitude

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-6

90 x 70 cm (framed)
80 x 60 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Pilgrimage of Hope

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-7

90 x 70 cm (framed)
80 x 60 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

Delicate Friendships

Brian Clarke, 2024

G6-8

90 x 70 cm (framed)
80 x 60 cm (unframed)

Giclée print on Cotton Smooth Rag

About Sir Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work over the past five decades spans a wide range of genres and mediums. Widely considered the most important artist working in stained glass today, he has revolutionised the medium not only technologically but also philosophically, pushing the boundaries of what it can achieve. Equally important is his pictorial practice, explored in painting, sculpture, lead work, mosaic, drawing, collage and tapestry.

His unique and radical approach has earned him numerous awards and honours, and his artworks have been shown in prestigious collections and institutions worldwide such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Corning Museum of Glass New York and Tate London. To learn more about Brian Clarke and his work, visit his official website here.

"The poppy itself intrigues me because it's so fragile, it's so vulnerable, it's so fleeting, and the color is full of the most kind of intense and majestic expression of being alive, however briefly that occurs."

About The Vespers editions

The forms appear at first glance to be poppies, with thin, green paint-drip stems and vivid scarlet petals. Emerging from the artist’s memories of roadside poppy fields, the flowers quickly take on a more abstract, changeable appearance, presenting mesmerising interactions of light and colour.

The Vespers recreate Clarke’s characteristic graphic and fluid paintwork in facsimile, encapsulating what critic and curator Robert Storr has called Clarke’s “deft command of gestural brushwork… able to eke out subtle suggestions of formal flux and volume from the various transparencies and opacities of a single spontaneous stroke…”.

Originally painted through the the pandemic, and first exhibited at Phillips, London in 2021, these meditative works capture Clarke’s activity during this turbulent time. Though visually appearing as poppies, Clarke calls his forms “vespers”. He explains, “Vespers comes from the Greek hespera, meaning evening – they are evening prayers.”

Visit HENI Gallery

All of the prints are on display at the HENI Gallery for the duration of the drop. Admission to the gallery is free.

HENI Gallery
6-10 Lexington St, London W1F 0LB,
United Kingdom
Open every day during the drop, 10am - 6pm

The Vespers Book

Published in 2021, Vespers is a luminous hardback book showcasing the vast collection of over 500 watercolour poppies by British painter and architectural artist Sir Brian Clarke, featuring a preface by the artist and an introduction by renowned writer and art critic Robert Storr.

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Timeline

To ensure a fair and broad distribution, the limited edition artworks are being sold on an application basis for a limited time only. If you would like to purchase a work, click ‘Apply Now’ and fill out the application form.

APPLICATION

The application window is open from 27 June to 17:00 BST on 8 July.

ALLOCATION

HENI will carefully review each application and aims to start notifying successful applicants over the coming weeks after the application period has closed.

DELIVERY OR STORAGE

You can have your order delivered or stored with us in the HENI Vault. HENI estimates all artworks will ship within two months of the application window closing. If you use the Vault, you won't be charged until two months after the application window ends, at which point you can withdraw your order at any time. You can learn more about the Vault here.

 

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