William Hanna Clarke by Christine Wimbush

William Hanna Clarke by Christine Wimbush - Book Launch at the Kirkcudbright Galleries

William Hanna Clarke by Christine Wimbush


William Hanna Clarke by Christine Wimbush - Book Launch at the Kirkcudbright Galleries

William Hanna Clarke 

by

Christine Wimbush

A new book by Christine Wimbush on Kirkcudbright artist William Hanna Clarke (1882-1924) gives the first comprehensive account of the artist’s life and career, which was cut short by a tragic accident in 1924.

"William Hanna Clarke: A Kirkcudbright Artist" is available to purchase at Kirkcudbright Galleries. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help to support the continued funding of the Kirkcudbright Rotary Club Annual Young Artists Competition, established in 2014 by the late Peter Wimbush, grandson of the artist.

Christine was a former member of our Inner Wheel Club here in Kirkcudbright, and Peter of course a leading Rotarian.

The book was launched Thursday 23rdMay at Kirkcudbright Galleries. More Images of the event can be seen at http://rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=756168&ClubID=90

                                          Image credit: Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright

and

Lily Knott 
Arts Officer, Kirkcudbright Galleries

Official Press Release;-

William Hanna Clark – A Kirkcudbright Artist’ – new book launched

A new biography on the Kirkcudbright artist, William Hanna Clarke (1882-1924) was successfully launched recently in the Kirkcudbright Galleries at an event attended by around 100 guests. Written by Christine Wimbush, the event marked the completion of a project to highlight the life and career of the artist, undertaken by Christine and her late husband Peter, who was the artist’s grandson. 

Clarke initially trained as a dentist and practised in Glasgow and London, but he had always had a strong interest in art, and attended night classes at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1913, he decided to give up dentistry to pursue a professional career in art, which brought him and his family to Kirkcudbright in 1915. At this time the town was recognised as a centre for artists. Here his talents were recognised and he was seen as a rising star in the Scottish art world, until his untimely death in 1924 following a tragic accident. As John Rosie, art critic of the ‘Glasgow Herald’ wrote in 1924 – ‘at his death, he had not reached the zenith of his power, but in the last year of his life he made progress in that direction which was quite extraordinary, particularly in painting in oils’.

The 64 page hardback book describes his life and career in detail and is copiously illustrated by with archive photographs and reproductions of many of the artist’s work. Priced at £15.00, proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards maintaining the Kirkcudbright Rotary Club Annual Young Artists Competition, now in its sixth year, which Peter Wimbush was responsible for establishing.

The book makes a significant addition to the body of biographies now available on Kirkcudbright’s artists and will be of particular value to anyone interested in Kirkcudbright’s artistic heritage and Scottish art history in general. It is now available from Kirkcudbright Galleries and will be in other local outlets shortly.