Our Resident Artist: Clark Barret Australian Outback Artist
Outback Australia is a bewitching land. Its peaceful solitude has inspired entire artisan communities. None more-so than outback artist Clarke Barrett. Through creation, Clark becomes more entranced by its undulating red sand landscapes with each rise and fall of his paintbrush. Passion for country, yearning for adventure and endless curiosity guide him from one artwork to the next.
A love of old road maps and a sense of adventure prompted Clark to explore the region’s dirt roads, sometimes travelling out as far as 400kms. Fascinated by the laser bright intensity of the outback sunlight and the way it makes colour vibrate, Clark has spent the past 40 years searching these back roads for his inner and outer landscape.
Travelling through stations and camping out or sleeping in shearers’ quarters, Clark would knock on the doors of isolated homesteads hoping to meet the people and experience this fascinating land. This curiosity led to him amassing an enviable collection of experiences and gain valuable insight into the light and life of the ‘bush’.
Clark’s artworks seek to capture the colourful glory of nature’s morning and evening light. His large studio works and 3D constructions communicate Clark’s spiritual link to the landscape and its unique history
To Clark, there is no mute landscape. He loves the stories and history behind each outback journey. The local roads are less a landscape than a region of his mind and heart. To the inexperienced, those same roads are simply rough old dirt tracks.
Experience the Outback Through the Eyes of an Artist
For those who cannot suppress their sense of adventure, Clark often leads tours for 4WD tour company Tri State Safaris.
As your tour guide, Clark casts a spell over the iconic landmarks to show them in a light not yet realised. With many years travelling through country, many of the tours led by Clarke take passengers off the beaten track to see the beauty that is often missed, by those not local to the area. Upon request, Clark Barrett is available to lead most tours as found tour guiding with Tri State Safaris Outback Tours.