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David Clarke

 Contact details: Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.  


David Clarke obtained his Ph.D. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, in 1983.    He moved to Hong Kong in 1986, and continues to be based in that city, where he is Professor in the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Hong Kong.


Clarke is the author of a number of books, including Modern Art: A Graphic Guide (Camden Press, 1987), The  Influence  of  Oriental  Thought  on  Postwar  American Painting  and Sculpture (Garland Publishing, 1988), Art and Place: Essays on Art from a Hong  Kong  Perspective (Hong Kong University Press, 1996), Modern Chinese Art (Oxford University Press, 2000),  Hong Kong Art: Culture and Decolonization  (Reaktion Books, 2001) and  Reclaimed Land:  Hong Kong in Transition (Hong Kong University Press, 2002). His most recent sole-author book is Hong Kong  x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City,  Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, 2007 a textual and photo-documentary  analysis of post-colonial Hong Kong.  Clarke has also published articles in journals such as Art Journal, Art History, Public Culture, Third Text, Art AsiaPacific, American Studies, The  American Journal of Semiotics, Semiotica and Oriental Art. Clarke is the founder and academic director of the Hong Kong Art Archive (


Clarke has served as External Moderator of the Strategic Planning Group of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and as a member of its Visual Arts Committee. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Arts Centre (and as chair of its Arts Programme Committee), as a member of the International Committee of the College Art Association (USA), and as a member of the Museums Advisory Group of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District (HKSAR Government). He is currently a  member of Council and chair of Academic Committee for Hong Kong Arts Centre's Hong Kong Art School.


Clarke's artworks have been exhibited in a number of local and overseas invitational group shows, including The Metropolis - Visual Research into Contemporary Hong Kong. Photography Exhibition (1990-1996) (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 1996),  Cultural Chop Suey II  (Fringe Club Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996),  Museum  97:  History,  Community,  Individual.  (Hong  Kong Incarnated)  (Hong Kong Arts Centre,  1997), Recent Work  (OP Fotogallery,  Hong Kong,  1998), and  Asian Traffic (Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, 2004).  Amongst his one-person shows is: Hong Kong Nocturne   (Goethe-Gallery, Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes  Hong Kong,  2002), A Year in the Life of a City: Recent Photographs by David Clarke (University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 2007)   and Hong Kong Experience: An Exhibition of Photographs by David Clarke  (Brewhouse Gallery, Royal William Yard,  Plymouth, England, 2007).  


 All images and texts Copyright David Clarke 2008. All rights reserved.