Lon Clark is a San Francisco artist who has been working in painting,
drawing and photography for over four decades. As co-founder and Dean
of the San Francisco Studio School located at Fort Mason he is responsible for the design of the school’s curricula.
To further immerse himself in painting Clark moved to Woodstock, New York,
where he exhibited at the Polari Gallery, was selected for the new
talent show at the Woodstock Artists Association, received attention
from Philip Guston, who had taken an interest in his work, won awards at
the Albany Institute as well as a purchase prize at the
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York. Clark moved to Los Angeles where he
completed a series of large paintings under the auspices of the actor
Lee Marvin. He then settled in San Francisco, California, where his paintings were
represented by the ADI Gallery.
In his pursuit of photography as a visual medium, Clark worked
closely with the modernist photographer Ruth Bernhard, helping her
publish the first portfolio of her work. Clark was a founding member of
SF Camerawork and served on its board of directors. He also founded
North Beach Press, which was noted for the quality of its publications
and their dedication to fine art. His own photography publication,
"Itinerary" won top awards across the country.
His current emphasis is his own studio practice, teaching, and his
ongoing work with the formation of Drawing Itself, a group of San
Francisco painters devoted to drawing as a major medium of expression on
the same level as painting. His latest work explores the relationship
of abstraction to figuration as a significant preoccupation in visual