Peter Clarke (1929 - )
A Great Artist

mixed media
50 x 35cm

Right from the start there was so much that awakened his curiosity,
demanded his attention & the exercising of skill that the thought of
becoming a prominent artist did not occur to him. Of course he
hoped to gain attention. In time to come he wanted the world to know
that he also existed. But to be known as a great artist---NO!

In any case what a bore it must be having to live up to the reputation
of being one of the world's important artists - if not the greatest.
Can one ever really be yourself knowing that all of the art world are
focussing their attention on you & your creativity? Is it worth it?

In the end when the dignitaries as well as the nonentities shovel soil
over you in your very expensive coffin with its ornate fittings will it
matter that you were known as one of the world's truly prominent artists?

When you, supposedly one of the so-called greatest artist lie silent
& silenced for ever under several feet of cemetery soil, will it matter
if in actual fact you weren't really all that great after all?

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