Athlone Clarke was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and immigrated to the States in the mid eighties. During what he refers to as the “early years” of his career, he made a living as a published writer, but soon realized that his purpose and passion was deeply rooted in the visual arts. Over time his writing established a marriage with his visual work, and consequently gave birth to a very unique mixed media off-spring.
From a young age, he has always believed that objects have both memory and energy and has developed the ability to tap into the memory and energy of objects, which has become crucial to his expression. While in the creative process, he sees each object as having their own unique story and perceives his role as that of choir conductor who brings them together in a harmonious, captivating, and even provocative way. The idea to stimulate the viewer on both the conscious and subconscious level.
Clarke believes that there is no “have to” in art, and that an unwavering commitment to experimentation can literally change the world one wall at a time. His profound visual compositions invites the viewer to step out of the usual creative comfort zone and to get used to ambiguity as the brain challenges the eye.