Published: 19 June 2017

Ahead of his third solo exhibition with Thompson's Galleries, A SENSE OF PLACE, we asked Michael Clark PAI RSW a few questions about his practice and inspirations.

How did your career as a painter begin?

MC - I was living in London in the 1990s working part time as an art director. We had three children under 5 years. In the flat I could only work with watercolour because of the stench of turps and lack of space! I rented a studio from a neighbour and artist ( Ann Dowker) and started to paint with oils. My first exhibition in Knightsbridge in 1996 was based on 50 paintings which were published by Woodmansterne, the Fine Art Card Publishers. For my first exhibition they paid my framing bill, all my publicity costs and a fee to reproduce each painting.

What's the best advice given to you as an artist?

MC - Believe in yourself.

Do you have any studio rituals?

MC - My studio sits at the top of the house so I like to look at the previous day's work with fresh eyes, before I make the first cup of tea at 7am. I was given two seats from an aeroplane. They are wonderfully comfortable to sit in and review the paintings. Listening to cricket keeps me in a good mood.

Who/what are your current inspirations?

MC - The early art school influences have remained: Matisse, Redpath the Scottish painter, Rothko for sheer power of colour and Doisneau the photographer.

How do you choose the subject matter for your work?

MC - I have been traveling to France since I was at Art School. France provided the reference point in terms of painting, cinema and photography. I think the combination of light, food and lifestyle influenced me from day one. They still do.

Michael Clark PAI RSW - A  SENSE OF PLACE opens on Wednesday 5th July where you can meet the artist from 5 - 7pm.

The full exhibition can be viewed online here or in our London gallery at 3 Seymour Place, W1H 5AZ until Saturday 22nd July.

To request a copy of the catalogue or for any further information, please contact the gallery on 02079353595 or