Clive Head, ‘The Vtlava, Sunshine after Rain’, 2005, Louis K. Meisel Gallery

About Clive Head

With his dynamic perspectives on realist cityscapes, Clive Head is considered by some to have created a new visual language for 21st-century painting. Head begins by sketching and studying from an unremarkable starting point—the exit of a London underground station or a window seat in a café—then reproducing the scene in paint from a wide-angled viewpoint so that it appears like a condensed, almost photographic panorama, impossible to contain in reality from a single viewpoint. Head draws influence from Cubism in his representation of movement through space and time, but aims for a more unified composition, saying, “I reject modernist fragmentation and instead seek a seamless surface, so the viewer can move around a unified space.” He cites the painters David Tinker and Richard Estes as major influences on his work.

British, b. 1965, Maidstone, Kent, based in Scarborough, United Kingdom