Melvin Wallace Clark
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Melvin W. Clark: A Brief Biography

Painter and printmaker Melvin W. Clark was born in Detroit Michigan in 1944. Melvin began his formal training in the 70s at the prestigious Center For Creative Studies {now College For Creative Studies}, Located just across the street from the Detroit Institute Of Arts. His exposure to major works in the DIA collection by the Post-Impressionist painters, the German Expressionist, the master craftsmen of Africa, the Mexican Muralist as well as his interest in the works of African-American artist Charles White and John Biggers and others, helped inform and shape Melvin's mature style

In 1986, Melvin was awarded a fellowship to study at Bob Blackburn's famed Printmakers Workshop in New York City. The avant-garde nature of the New york art and jazz scene appealed to Melvin and his move there became permanent. Two years later, in1988, he was appointed Artist-In-Residence for one year at the Lower East Side Printshop, NYC, after receiving a New York State Council on the arts grant.

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Melvin exhibited extensively in the United States {Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit} and in Europe where the Modern African Art Gallery in Amsterdam represented him for many years. Known for his paintings and prints featuring expressive and interpretive images of the giants of Jazz and Blues Music, Melvin received commissions during the 90s to produce featured designs for posters distributed by festivals in England, Denmark and the United States. Melvin has also participated in public art projects in New York and New Jersey. His work received numerous honors in the 90s including the "Best Of Show" award at the respected "Black Creativity" exhibition held annually at Chicago's Museum Of Science And Industry.

Melvin's work is referenced in several scholarly and popular publications including The Art Of Culture: Evolution of Visual Arts by African American Artist, The Last Fifty Years{Chicago, 2003} and Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals{San Francisco 2003}. A monograph on Melvin was published in 1991 by the Modern African Art Gallery in Amsterdam. His work is featured and illustrated in the essay "Last of the Beboppers" by Edsel Reid, published in vol. 15, No1 of the International Review of African American Art published by Hampton University.

Since 2000, Melvin's work has been featured in numerous one-man and group exhibitions at venues including the National Black Fine Arts Shoe in New York, the Embrace Art Fair in Atlanta and at Lusenhop Fine Art In Chicago{now based in Cleveland}. The South Shore Arts Gallery, mounted a widely praised career retrospective of Melvin's paintings and prints in 2009.

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At 10:12pm on April 6, 2015, Malik Seneferu said…

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