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Artist Bio
Ed Clark is an abstract expressionist painter famous for his powerful brush stroke, large canvases, and use of vibrant color. His process consists of pouring paint onto a canvas and guiding the wet paint with anything from a push-broom to his bare hands.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1926, Ed Clark served in the US Army for two years and then formally began studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1947 until 1951. Clark continued his studies at the L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and while in Paris his work evolved from figurative to abstraction. After several years abroad, Clark returned to the US settling in New York. It is at this time that Clark began working with shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s.

Today Clark resides in both Paris and New York. His long career can boast famous collections at universities and museums around the world. Moreover, he has received international accolades for over five decades, and his awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Prix d’Othon Friez, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France, the Adolph Gottlieb Award and the Congressional Achievement Award.

N'Namdi Collection
The N'Namdi Collection is one of the finest private collections of African American art in the world. The combined works cover more than a century of art in every genre and is anchored by contemporary abstract paintings. The collection can be seen as a legacy investment which assists in securing the heritage of African-American artists. It is also a tool for educating audiences on the contributions of people of African descent to the discourse of modern and contemporary art. As the culmination of over 40 years of commitment, entrepreneurship, and discernment, the collection represents the many divergent approaches to making art, and the history, struggles and triumphs of a people.

Charles Alston
Benny Andrews
Edward Bannister
Romare Bearden
John T. Biggers
Camille Billops
McArthur Binion
Bob Blackburn
Chakaia Booker
Frank Bowling
Antonio Carreno
Carol Ann Carter
Nanette Carter
William Carter
Elizabeth Catlett
Perez Celis
Ed Clark
Gregory Coates
Johnny Coleman
Robert Colescott
Eldzier Cortor
Deborah Dancy
Beauford Delaney
John Dowell
Robert S. Duncanson
Terri Foster
Herbert Gentry
Sam Gilliam
Marjorie Guyon
Christine Hagedorn
Richard Hunt
Rashid Johnson
Joshua Johnston
Fred Jones
Lois Mailou Jones
Gary Kulak
Artis Lane
Jacob Lawrence
Hughie Lee-Smith
Edmonia Lewis
Norman Lewis
James Little
Al Loving
Mauro Machado
Faheem Majeed
Richard Mayhew
Allie McGhee
Angelbert Metoyer
Adia Millett
Tyrone Mitchell
Deborah Muirhead
Alexis Peskine
Vicente Pimentel
Howardena Pindell
Heloisa Pomfret
James Porter
Raymond Saunders
Charles Searles
Vincent Smith
Kathleen Spicer
Henry Tanner
Bob Thompson
Charles White
Jack Whitten
Bernard Williams