Tim Clarkson

Tim Clarkson

Tim Clarkson is a ceramic based sculptural artist currently working from his studio at Montsalvat.

His most recent work explores the deconstruction of forms into basic shapes and lines, which are then reconstructed in a semi-abstract manner using sharp angular planes and geometric shapes. He is most commonly known for his origami inspired sculptures such as the crane, which can be seen in various public collections around Victoria.

He has completed several significant commissions both here and overseas, including the Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne, the Marriott Hotel Sydney and more recently a large scaled commission for the new Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, China.

When speaking about his practice, Clarkson states:

Being intrigued with the Cubists of the early 20th century, it comes as no surprise that my work heavily consists of angular lines, geometric shapes and Origami-like forms. As did the Cubists, I strip back forms, break them into flat angular plans and recreate them into 3 dimensional forms. My concepts generally start with loose sketches, followed by an analysis of construction. Paper plays an important role throughout the work, not only as the foundation for my ideas, but also by means of construction. Each piece is initially constructed with paper and card, experimenting with form, balance and arrangement, before moving onto constructing the piece with clay. This process can take several days or sometimes weeks depending on the form I’m trying to create.


B.A. Hons. Fine Arts with First Class Honours, RMIT University, Melbourne
B.A. Fine Arts with Distinction, RMIT University, Melbourne
International Student Exchange Program, Lycee Raymond Quenue, Paris, France


2017 The Fleeting Moment, Malvern Artist Society, Melbourne, Australia
Fluid, Saddlers Court Gallery, Hobart, Australia
Untitled, Skepsi@Malvern, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Showcase #3, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Australia


2019 Pushing the Boundaries, Kerrie-Lowe Gallery, Sydney
Intriguing Charm, Skepsi Gallery, Malvern
2018 It’s a Wrap, Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney
2017 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Doncaster, Australia
Identity, Skepsi@Montsalvat, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Exhibition, Doncaster, Australia
Interplay, Skepsi Gallery, Malvern, Australia


Ballarat Art Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery
Manningham Art Gallery
Warrnamboll Art Gallery
Whitehorse City Council Gallery


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