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Special unique arts performance 'Watercolour - Words and Music' for your arts society occassions
GRANVILLE ‘DANNY’ CLARKE F.R.S.A. Following a lifetime in the art GDC has become Britain’s unique Renaissance man of the Arts as an Arts performer, TV artist, internationally known watercolour artist, published poet ,respected songwriter listed in who’s who in the arts Millers Art Guide 2004 as a collectable artist valued @ £1.800 £2,500 guide price. The international Biographical Dictionary and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Danny offers a Special unique arts performance 'Watercolour - Words and Music' for your arts society occassions. This entertaining event is ideal for your Christmas party, celebration or as a fund raiser, as it is suitable for all audiences whether they are artists or not. Please enquire for more information.
Background He has been a professional Artist since his first one man exhibition in 1977 at the Galeria Gallery Malden Essex and opened by the then renowned London bookseller Christina Foyle.
That successful sell out exhibition encouraged him to open his own Gallery on home territory in the Picturesque village of Cawthorne at his then home North Lodge in Cannon hall Country Park, South Yorkshire.
Drawing since Childhood and with ambition to be an artist, in the Mining town of Cudworth, near Barnsley, the compromise of earning a living and trying to become an artist was by becoming an apprentice signwriter craftsman by day for various decorating companies and attending Barnsley College of Art on day release and evenings gaining his first class Honours qualification in the decorative arts with the City Guilds of examinations board London.
Qualifying as a Teacher but with few opportunities available he accepted an offer to become a window dresser for Kyle wallpapers managing five outlets in the Midlands for 12 months, before returning north, where he met up with a fellow folk singer to form the Foggy DewO (see Website for Foggy dewO story). GDC’s art imput was then designated to designing posters and Decca Record album covers for the successful duo alongside continuing to write his poetry and create songs.
In the 1980’s he developed his passion for snowscenes and became the countries top selling artist of those works through his association with Micheal Stewart Fine Art galleries who promoted him nationally. From 1984 onwards he was invited by P & O cruises to pioneer art on Cruise ships which he did intermittently and successfully until 2001 becoming the only artist to paint around the world in 90 days in 1990/91 and linked an exhibition of the works with BBC’s radio Two arts 2 hour program and sight savers donating works for operations in Bombay India.
His national Television break came in 1998 when he was asked by Channel four TV to become the first art expert and commentator for the successful daytime series 'Watercolour Challenge', assisting in its format and appearing on 36 programmes to a 2 million viewing audience.
Many opportunities followed his dynamic appearances with art societies around the country packed out to see his demonstrations and one man art performances drawing audiences of 200 to 800. He achieved a significant world first ambition to paint to music in 2006 when ‘Visuali Vivaldi’ was achieved with an 18 piece orchestra at the Knaresborough festival, completing paintings 'The 4 Seasons' in harmony with the composition and reading the sonnets to an enthralled 800 attending audience.
His work was selected for the prestigious Royal Society of British artists and the Laing exhibitions at the Mall galleries London in 2000 and 2001. Marlborough College engaged him as main art tutor for their summer school for 8 years in 2001 and he demonstrated products for art material companies such as Winsor Newton, Art express and ProArte. He hosted many art weekends including 'Footstep of Turners' in Wensleydale, Yorkshire (1996). 'Green strokes' a brush with the past (1992) and ‘Clarke Colours the Turner trail ‘ (1997). He also hosted a 13 week complete art course for seasons art company covering all paint media in 2014.
He is always creating new dynamic workshop courses for art societies covering the realistic, impressionism and abstract with his large fluid quick effective style in watercolour, acrylic, pen and wash drawing and his recent supernova approach to painting the planets developed from interpreting Gustav Holsts planets suites in Live performance.
His background and experience are all encapsulated in his one man performance ‘Watercolour –words and Music’ which is entertaining, humorous and informative. Ideal for art societies special occasion /presentation evenings or end of season Christmas celebration.
For more examples of his work, visit his website at www.granvilledclarke.com.
ELEMENTS OF CHANGE
A WET SUN COMPETES WITH RAIN CLOUDS…
ON A GREY SKY CANVAS,
AS WARM YELLOW SEARCHLIGHT RAYS-PENETRATE
THROUGH THE COLD INDIGO CLOUD STRATUS GATHERINGS,
ARE RUMBLING DISCONTENT….BY CONCEDING DEFEAT ..
AS CLEAR FRESH ULTRAMARINE BLUE - GLOWS THROUGH WHITE COTTON-WOOL CLOUDS –STILL CARRYING UNDERBELLY RAIN-THAT'S CLINGS BENEATH
THE PURE WHITE CLOUD…..WAITING……
FOR FRONTAL SYSTEM TEMPERATURE CHANGE.OF
THE EVER CHANGING ELEMENTS –THAT NOW MOVE SWIFTLY- AS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS REVERSE THE SKY COLOURS-DEPRESSING BLUE INTO GREY WITH THE ARRIVAL OF
A COLD FRONT ADVANCE..
NOW THE AIR RISES FROM THE EARTHS ROTATING AXIS ON THE CORIOLIS EFFECT.
WHILST A WET SUN WAITS…….
TO RIDE ON A MYRIAD OF RAINBOW COLOURS
HERALDING PRISM JOY TO THE PLANET
AND THE INSPIRATIONAL SKY WONDERS- CREATED FROM THE MAJESTIC PLANETARY FORCES...
G.D.CLARKE ..AUGUST 2011 LAKESIDE GT.BILLINGE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Granville had driven for over one and a half hours all the way from Yorkshire, and he arrived early and in good spirits. He delivered a successful session, with an assortment of activities in his exuberant style. As well as an informative art lesson, we were treated to some poetry and song, and he also produced a beautiful watercolour painting of a local landscape. Throughout his presentation we were entertained and he left us loaded with useful advice on how to improve our art work. Many thanks on behalf of Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists.
On behalf of Grenoside art group I wish to express sincere thanks and appreciation, for most entertaining and enlightening session you gave with your tremendous talent, brilliantly demonstrated creating the atmospheric watercolour of Wharncliffe Craggs. This coupled with songs and poems of your own compositions, made the evening pure delight. Members are still reeling from the amount you packed into 2 hours. Grenoside Art Group
I am writing on behalf of the society to thank you most sincerely for conducting what proved to be our most successful workshop of the year, it was superb in every way and our members really appreciated meeting you and seeing how you create your wonderful watercolours and drawings. They gained first hand tips and information and individual help-often lacking with other workshop art tutors. Your poetical and musical abilities are amazing and we all felt privileged to have you give so much of yourself for us. Lots of members already asking when you are re-visiting, so I know you were a big hit-all looking forward to the next time. York and District Art society
Danny had an endless repertoire of poetry and songs which immediately got us into the Christmas spirit and with the music interspersed with dynamic watercolour demonstrations, he certainly proved himself to be a versatile artist-the 2 hour show was packed with stories, information, spontaneous jokes and proved to be a great start to our 'arty party’ Sandpiper Studio
To celebrate our 40th anniversary our thriving art group wanted something different for our pre-Christmas social evening and thanks to Art Profile we were introduced to you the well known artist and entertainer, whom we felt we knew personally having watched your many programmes on channel four's watercolour challenge. We did not know what to expect but were not disappointed. Over 70 members turned up with friends (including the local mayor) and everyone enjoyed your many artistic talents as we watched you demonstrate your painting skills, singing with your guitars as well as listening to your cleverly written poems. We started at 7.30pm and after a thoroughly enjoyable evening we were disappointed to have to bring the evening to a close at 10.20pm when you turned to the piano and gave us an informal sing-song of Christmas Carols. It was a memorable evening with members and guests delighted to have been entertained with such a talented man. We can thoroughly recommend and evening with GDC to other groups who are looking for something a bit different to include in their programming. Byfleet Art Group