JOHNWELWYNCLARK (American 1954- )
John W. Clark pursues painting as an end in itself, as well as a means to exploring themes related to architecture and design. In addition to painting, John is a Chicago based architect and planner, and partner in a diversified architecture and planning firm. He is especially interested in work that unites the concerns of various disciplines. At a time when so much process is becoming computerized, he considers painting especially important because it deals directly with form, harmony, color and theme: freely, and independently of technical demands.
John has won national design and design/build competitions. He has been recognized for his architectural work for a series of innovative projects. Recent work includes master planning projects in China. He has designed a broad range of projects ranging from large-scale municipal, institutional and educational facilities to high-rise, multi-use office and hotel complexes. John has completed a wide variety of significant projects involving urban planning, municipal, historic, and contextual design.
John studied architecture and planning at the University of Illinois in a program that included study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. He studied visual arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also taught on the Faculty. He did postgraduate studies at Northwestern University. His architecturally-themed paintings have been widely exhibited, and are included in various collections, including the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.