In 2011 Chris Clarke retired from 40 years enjoying the challenges of teaching art to young people and found himself faced with a new challenge: how to develop his own work which had been left on the back burner for so many years. This exhibition shows how he rose to this challenge developing ideas and techniques going back to his early years as an artist and craftsman.

Chris Clarke was born and brought up in Saffron Walden and as a young artist was strongly influenced by the Lino printing of Edward Bawden and the philosophy of Kettle's Yard. His first decision on retirement was to explore more widely the art and techniques of Lino printing, and to do so, he enrolled as a student at Morley College.

While Lino print-making has been the most prominent feature of Chris's work, another life-long interest, going back to his childhood, has been working with needle and thread to stitch small tapestries. This has become a strong and distinctive feature of Chris's art, converging increasingly with his print-making through the shared language of pattern, line, shape and colour.

The fruits of these re-engagements form a large part of this exhibition.

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