Friday, August 31, 2012

Russell Clark

 Russell Clarke self portrait from the posthumously released The drawings of Russell Clark.
Last Year Wellington cartoonist Brent Willis discovered a comic featured in the Nov 12, 1954 edition of the N.Z. Listener, by New Zealand Illustrator Russell Clark in the archives of the Parliament Library (featured here). While I've found no evidence of other sequential work by Clark his prolific output featured in many New Zealand publications of the early to mid twentieth century with his illustrations adorning magazines, school journals, broadsheets and many books. The illustrations featured below are from an edition of Reed's Junior Library written by John L. Ewing and published in 1938 by A. H. & A. W. Reed.

Listen to a three minute clip from 1955 of Russell Clarke talking about his education and early inspiration in art here.

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