Frederick Clarke CV & BIO

Frederick Clarke CV & BIO

Frederick Clarke (born 1986 in South Africa) is an artist and music producer currently living and working in Johannesburg.

After schooling in Pretoria he completed a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of Witwatersrand. (WITS). His work explores multiple themes, mediums and styles – predominantly drawing, painting, printmaking and music. Inspiration is drawn from nature, mathematics, mark-making and intuitive process. His music (Mathroom) is in ways a sonic counterpart to the visuals, exploring texture, electronic sound-scaling and polyrhythms.

While living in the downtown Johannesburg district of Maboneng from 2010 – 2014, Clarke founded and managed Math Room, Ourspace, and Rubixcube Gallery which hosted multiple collaborative creative events.

Clarke has exhibited work in South Africa, Argentina, and Japan.

Solo Exhibitions:

2006: Solo Exhibition at WITS Substation “Foreign Codes”

2007: Solo Exhibition at WITS Substation “Outside in the Window”

2010: Solo Exhibition at Article-Showcase, “Terrestria”

2012: Solo Exhibition “Blueshift” at Math Room (Arts on Main – Johannesburg) – Solo Exhibition “Aya”  at Math Room

2013: Solo Exhibition “Into Gondwana” at Rubixcube (work produced in Buenos Aires at the ACE residency) – Solo exhibition at the Woodstock Exchange in the Maboneng Space (Cape Town)

2014: Solo Exhibtion “Scrap Ink” at Rubixcube Gallery

2015: Solo Exhibition “Let X Be” at Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg

2016: Solo Exhibition and Premath album release “Sudoku” at Priest, Johannesburg

2018: Solo Exhibition at “ The Times” Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2020: Solo exhibition “Cognoscenti” at Tmrw Gallery, Johannesburg

Group Exhibitions:

2005 – Group Exhibition GVHRCFC with Gareth von Honschoonten and Robyn Cook

2006 –  Second Group exhibition (GVHRCFC) at WITS Substation

2008 – Exhibition in Project Room 001 at Art Extra (mixed media drawings)

2011 – Satellite spaces group show with the Untitled Gallery

– Opening Exhibited at the 2nd Satellite Spaces group show – JHB

– Opening of Math Room show with Nicola Taylor

– Print exhibition at Wolves (JHB) with Niall Bingham and Murray Turpin

2012 – Curated and participated in Hunter-Gatherer, a group Exhibition at Math Room June –

– “Offence and Seduction” joint exhibition with Carol Nathan Levin at Resolution Gallery

– Exhibition with Bongani Khumalo at Math Room

– Participant in Rebirth Day at Nirox Sculpture Park

2013 – Group Show at Salon 91 (Cape Town)

2014 – Re-Psyche group show at RubixCube Gallery

– Joburg Joburg Group Exhibition participant (JHB)

– Participant in the Nirox Winter Show

– “Six of Lions” exhibition with MJ Lourens at Rubixcube October

– ” Imago Mundi” with Dirk Bahmann and Carly Whitaker

2015 – Co-curated and exhibited in “Dirt” at Rubixcube

– Participating artist for Aardklop, Potchefstroom

– Muti Session at Rubixcube, Johannesburg

– Kalashnikov gallery group exhibition

2016 – “It Is What It Is” Group exhibition at No-End Gallery, Johannesburg

– “Inner Gong” drawing stallation, Kamakura, Japan

–  Hazard group exhibition at The Cosmopolitan, Maboneng

2017 – “Spectrum” Group Exhibition at Circa Gallery, Johannesburg
- Exhibiting Participant in The Centre for the Less Good Idea (II)

2018 – Forest of the Night Group Exhibition at Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2019 – Group exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery JHB

2020 – TINY group exhibition at Everard Read Johannesburg

Awards & Residencies:

2004 – Winner of the Annual Tri Arts Competition

2010 – Attended 3 monoprint workshops at The Artist’s Press in White River

2011 – Semi Finalist in New York Competition – Charlatan Ink Prize

2013 – Proyecto ACE residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina

2017 – Art Olympia Competition Finalist (Japan/International)

2018 – Create the City Mural project, Johannesburg (mural)

2019 – Ceramic tile installation at The Little Fox Gin distillery

–  Mural for Kitcheners Carvery Bar, JHB (mural)

– ESXLA artist in residence, Los Angeles


2015 – Wallpaper Magazine Wallpaper Magazine – 2 0 1 5

2019 – Red bull Music Red Bull Music – 2019

2020 – Bubblegum Club Bubblegum Club  – 2020

– Two Point Oh Telepathy Interview Two point oh – Telepathy interview – 2020

– Two Point Oh Angel Interview Two point oh – Angel interview 2020

– Allies Forces Alfa Issue no.4 Magazine (LA) Allied Forces ALFA issue no4 – 2020


BA Fine Arts and English Literature at WITS University