Peter Clark’s collages

Peter Clark uses a comprehensive collection of found papers as his palette which are coloured, patterned or textured by their printed, written or worn surfaces, with this media he ‘paints’ his collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts. His pieces use mark-making in an innovative and humorous way to create.

Peter Clark is essentially a painter in paper, using textured, patterned, block-colored or typed pieces of paper, in order to create his colorful pieces. He employs pieces of old maps and manuscripts, adds multiple layers wherever he needs depth or shadow, and tears the papers up in particular ways whenever he wants to achieve dynamic lines or give off the impression of movement.

There’s a lot of light-hearted humor in his caricature-like rendition of dogs, and, as per the project description, Peter Clark’s pieces “use mark-making in an innovative and humorous way to create a collection of beasts and clothing which exude character and wit.”

In the medium of collage Peter Clark captures the essence of a chosen subject with various techniques by manipulating paper and working with a palette of colour, texture, weight, pattern and age which results in a wonderful three dimensional image.

Clark graduated from Manchester college of Art and Design has long been interested in making visual that which exists in words, his career started as an illustrator and designer of animation for television. A long time collector of ‘things’ Peter trawls the markets with his wife textile designer Karen Nicol and collects old stamps, faded maps, love letters, labels, buttons, dress making patterns, playing cards, textiles cotton webbing that binds books and paper boxes for the basis of his work.


Clark’s approach to paper collage is three dimensional. Peter first draws the outline in felt tip and then spends hours choosing from his collection of found ‘things’ the right materials and colours to define the muscles, features and tonal effects which finally bring to life the finished work. He rolls and sculpts specific areas creating texture at crucial points in the work and never far behind is Clark’s humor.

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