Posts Tagged ‘stained glass’

Artist of the moment……..Harry Clarke


Harry Clarke was one of the foremost illustrators of England’s Golden Age. Harry Clarke was born in Dublin, Ireland in the year 1889 his father was an artist and enjoyed working with crafts. In addition to painting and drawing, Clarke was one of the best artists working with stained glass. He and his brother ran his father’s studio after his dad passed away.

Clarke attended Belvedere College and the Dublin School of Art where he mastered the art of working with stained glass.

One important commission that brought much fame to Clarke, were the illustrations of Edgar Allen Poe’s book “The Tales of Mystery and Imagination.”

The artist also produced great work for Jamison’s Irish Whiskey.

Here we view some of the great prints and illustrations  of Harry Clarke:

A short bio featuring stained glass works by Harry Clarke. The intro shows a few works, but most works are shown at 2:30 into the clip. You may want to skip ahead to that point!:

Sadly both brothers suffered from health problems most of their lives. Their problems could have been caused by the many chemicals they worked with whilst producing their stained glass works. Both brothers would pass away within one year of each other.

Clarke is associated with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.

Harry Clarke passed away in 1931.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $250,00o. Clarke worked in oils, watercolors, pen and ink, and gouache.

Another great artist who was not only a stained glass master artist but a master painter and draftsman was the artist John Lafarge. Lafarge and Clarke are my favorite stained glass artists(so far!)




Artist of the moment….Sir Terry Frost…Anthony Frost….Lucas Frost….

Terry Frost was born in Britain in the year 1915. He was best known for his brightly colored abstract works. Frost served his country in the second world war. He was captured and was a prisoner of war. Whilst in prison he met a fellow captive named Adrian Heath. Heath went on to become a famous abstract artist as well. Below is an example of his Adrian’s Heath’s artistic style. Its easy to see the influence the teacher had on his pupil.


Below is a clip showing some artwork of Sir Terry Frost at the Tate Modern Musuem of Art in London, England.

When I saw this image below I figured it was a Rex Ray collage and acrylic piece. Ray is my favorite contemporary artist who concentrates on shape and color. If you are in Denver you may see a work of his at the Vance Kirkland Museum. He uses a mixture of paint, collage, and usually seals his work with resin. Very modern feel to his artwork. Here is a Sir Terry Frost painting.


And a photograph of Sir Terry Frost.


And below is wonderful example of Rex Ray’s bright and colorful style. His use of colors and shapes always make me feel relaxed and happy!


Both artists even have a similar palette of colors!  What wonderful abstract works by both artists! Color,shape, and texture give the viewers eye so much to take in.

Since Sir Terry Frost also worked with stained glass and that reminds me of John LaFarge. LaFarge was a wonderful American Impressionist that worked in watercolors and oils and also conquered the medium of stained glass. My favorite stained glass works by the artist are usually floral works, but I love the abstraction and color of this peacock so its my favorite of LaFarge’s stained glass works.


And Terry Pauls work is very modern and this one is titled THE QUAY. For me I can see a female figure in the piece.


Terry Frost passed away in 2003 at the age of 88 years old.

Price range information:  The artist was very prolific and worked in many mediums. Lithographs range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Oils range from $2,000 to $20,000. Collage works range from $2,000 to $10,000. Watercolor and gouache pieces range $1,000 to $5,000.

Frost was elected a Royal Academician in 1992.

He was given knighthood in 2000.

I enjoy his work for the happy, bold, and bright colors used by the artist.

Save the best facts for last! We have another multi generation artistic family! The artist got married in 1945 and had five kids. Two went on to become professional artists. Below is a work by Anthony Frost (born in 1951.)


The other son who became an artist is named Luke. In this clip we see a picture by his father Terry at 1:43 into the clip. At 5:28 into the clip we meet Terry’s son Luke who is an artist in residence. Very artistic family who all have a bright color palette with simple organic and geometric shapes.

And an example of Luke Frost’s work.