Alex Clarke wins Jerwood Purchase Prize
Alex Clarke in his studio. The Jerwood Foundation has awarded its fourth Jerwood Prize at the Royal Academy Schools to Alex Clarke. The prize is an annual purchase award granted to a second year student during the Premiums Show and recognises exceptional talent as well as offering support to the Schools.
Now part of the Jerwood Collection, the abstract work ‘Happy’ is the creative output of a dedicated young artist. Alex explains, ‘In making painting, I want to make something more expressive than I am. Favouring modesty and quiet, I don’t want them to be loud, garrulous or cothurnus – just more articulate in their stutterings and stammerings, more successful in their silence than I am”
Eileen Cooper RA, Keeper of the RA Schools said 'We are delighted to have the continuing support of the Jerwood Foundation. The Royal Academy Schools is independent and has no state funding, yet we do not charge fees. The generous prize will provide significant help and encouragement to Alex Clarke this year’s winner, who is very proud that one of his paintings has joined the Jerwood Collection. It’s fantastic recognition for an emerging artist and for the Royal Academy Schools.'
Richard Kirwan, Senior Tutor said, “I know that the Jerwood Foundation’s support of Alex’s burgeoning practice will play a significant role in the development of his work over his remaining time at the Schools. Jerwood’s support is greatly appreciated by everyone at the Schools.”