Moira Clark

Studio Art (Painting, Print Media)
visual artist

Outline of Research

Over the years my work as an artist has developed from representation to abstraction and continues to involve both of these idioms. Underlying this has been an abiding interest in colour relationships, repetitive pattern and composition.  My thematic concerns have included contemporary still life and domestic interiors, urban and rural landscapes, poetry and music.   Most recently I have been using urban architecture as the source for a continuing series of abstract paintings.


Moira Clark’s art practice has followed two disciplines:  from l975 to 1990, she was exclusively a printmaker and since 1990, she has practiced as a painter. Her prints have been exhibited widely across Canada, and are included in public and corporate collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Ernst & Young Collection.  Clark has had solo exhibitions of her paintings in Toronto at Loop Gallery and at XEXE Gallery/KWT contemporary were she was represented from 2004 to 2012.  In 2003, curator Gordon Hatt presented a twenty-year survey of Clark’s work in print and painting at Cambridge Galleries in Preston, Ontario.  Her paintings were included in the recent publications Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting and The Donovan Collection.  Curated group exhibitions include Art School {Dismissed} (2010) and The C Word: A Look at the Role of Craft in Contemporary Art (2012).

Clark was a member of the board of directors for Open Studio (1982-90) and Mercer Union (1991-97) and she was a co-founder of Loop Gallery artists’ collective in 2000.  She also teaches at Toronto School of Art and Avenue Road Arts School. Her paintings and prints can be viewed at the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

Approach to Teaching

As a practicing artist I feel that my role as a teacher of art is to be a guide and a resource for my students.  Over the years I have taught art to a diverse range of age groups including children, post-secondary students and mature students and feel that it is important to make the pursuit of artistic endeavors relevant in different ways. My objectives are to familiarize students with technique, encourage the development of personal ideas and experimentation in their art making, and assist in relating the students’ experiences to contemporary and historical views of art. Through demonstration, discussion and constructive critique, there is an exchange that goes on between students and an instructor that benefits the development of all the participants involved in the study of visual art.

For more on Moira Clark's activities see:

Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art