It’s not yours it’s mine | Kev Clarke

Visitors enjoying Kev’s work at the Sutton House Queered launch event, February 2017. Photograph by Eli Beristain

“I think it’s important to destroy to understand, then start again”

Kev Clarke is a queer artist living and working in London. His work focuses on humour, pop culture and queer identity. He runs a creative business selling t-shirts, zines, and art work, as well as producing a queer comic which has appeared in many queer London publications.

Kev Clarke’s work uses old master paintings and icons from history. His work explores the relationship that we, as modern day viewers, have with historical imagery. Kev paints over and graffitis found paintings to reform, appropriate and reimagine our understanding of the images. Through adding new layers of interpretation to iconic historic images, Kev shifts their meaning in a contemporary and humorous way.

Untitled, Kev Clarke
Visitor enjoying Kev’s work at the Sutton House Queered launch event, February 2017. Photograph by Eli Beristain

Kev Clarke has been directly influenced by the work of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. Both playwrights in the sixties, who defaced library books from Islington library in a humorous collage and graffiti style. They were convicted of destroying public property and spent six months in jail. Orton believed that their sentences were so harsh because of their sexuality.

These works create an alternative history within familiar images in a playful and undoubtedly queer way.

Maybe it’s Maybelline, Kev Clarke

“I started volunteering at Sutton house because I think it’s great that a National Trust house is used in many different ways for and by the community it is in. In this way it gives the house and all its history new life.”
Kev Clarke

You can find more information about Kev Clarke here.