Antwain Clarke



Antwain Clarke (1993) is a self-taught Jamaican artist known for his highly detailed graphite drawings. His pieces, of varying scale, are a surreal exploration of the folklore and nature of his Jamaican homeland. Often drawing inspiration from Caribbean folktales told to him as a child, Clarke infuses these infantile stories with religious and mythological symbolism. Though his intricate drawings may seem whimsical, the message is potent. Clarke believes the hand-me-down tales that inspire him can teach history, bridge cultural divides and pass on ancient wisdoms deeply embedded within Caribbean folklore. The philosophy of Sankofa, literally meaning “go back and get it,” best unifies his bodies of work. Clarke beckons us to examine ourselves and our legacy, and to think about our relationship to nature and each other. He lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa.*

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