Sunderland artist’s exhibition inspired by great cathedrals

Sunderland artist Anthony Clark.
Sunderland artist Anthony Clark.
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A Sunderland artist who took inspiration from great cathedrals around the world for a series of paintings has had them exhibited at Bowes Museum.

Anthony Clark, from Barnes, travelled as far afield as Russia, Italy, France, Spain and Sri Lanka, for the Burning Belief exhibition, which is on display in the Barnard Castle-based museum’s gallery until May 1.

An Anthony Clark painting inspired by Venice.

An Anthony Clark painting inspired by Venice.

The 73-year-old studied at Sunderland College of Art from 1959 to 1963 before studying at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. He’s built up a strong reputation in the art world over the years and has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Piers Feetham Gallery in London.

Even celebrated artist LS Lowry bought one of his paintings, which was inspired by the North Sea.

Anthony said: “I went on various journeys, some would call them pilgrimages. In Europe, I concentrated on the cathedrals of France, Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the great cathedrals of Italy.

“In Europe I focused on the Christian cathedrals, but in Sri Lanka I was interested by Buddhism and Eastern art. I go to these places for ideas, I make drawings there, and turn them into paintings when I’m home.

“I’m 73 now and it’s a great honour to have a major exhibition like this at Bowes Museum.”

Recalling his time spent with the late artist Lowry, who visited the area often during the ’60s, Anthony said: “He spent a lot of time in Sunderland, so I knew him from trips he made then. He bought one of my paintings, which was a boat on the sea. It was an imaginative piece, but it was inspired by the North Sea, a place which inspired him also.”