Night Orchids – Brian Clarke

Night Orchids – Brian Clarke


October 2016
ISBN 9780993316104
370 x 280 mm
320 pages
267 illustrations

A collection of nocturnal orchids depicted in stained glass by British artist Brian Clarke.

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Most nights between about 7pm and midnight Brian Clarke draws and paints on paper at his home in West London. The subjects of these works change over time but are made obsessively over periods that usually last about two to three years. Between December 2013 and August 2015 the subject was Night Orchids. The series began on a visit to Thailand and continued in France, but the majority were made at home.

They are coloured paintings of startling variety. The urge that drives these nights is curiosity. As in his explorations with Fleur de Lys, Spitfires, The Cross, Industrial Architecture etc., this varied iconography – in this instance, Night Orchids – generates an apparently endless sequence of questions “about the nature of beauty and the void in which it flourishes.”

This catalogue of 267 works is introduced by an exclusive interview between Clarke and renowned American critic Robert Storr.

About the artist

Brian Clarke was born in Oldham, England. He is an architectural artist and painter, best known for radically updating and innovating the medium of stained glass. Clarke is also widely celebrated for his painting, sculpture, mosaic and tapestry.


Robert Storr is a renowned art critic, curator and artist. He has written widely on art and has interviewed some of the world’s leading artists. Storr’s writing has appeared in countless books and exhibition catalogues as well as in Art in America, Artforum, Parkett and ARTnews. He has curated exhibitions internationally and was the first North American curator of the 52nd Venice Biennale.