Brian Clarke's story

Author: Brian Clarke
Brian Clarke's story

Brian visited Germany, France and Italy during his Fellowship in 1974, with the purpose of studying some of the world’s finest examples of stained glass and investigating the techniques used to create them.

Brian had already begun to make a name for himself as a glass artist and was keen to play a part in the revival of stained glass as an art form. During his Fellowship he was able to spend time studying the ancient stained glass windows of the cathedrals and churches of key European cities, and meet with other craftspeople.

In Paris Brian visited the workshops of stained-glass artists in order to see first-hand the methods and techniques used by the French, about which almost nothing had been written at the time. His time in Germany allowed him to spend time with a group of ground-breaking artists who had been producing some of the most exciting and revolutionary contemporary designs.

The following year Brian visited the USA to study art in architecture in Los Angeles and New York, and in 1979 he published his first book, Architectural Stained Glass, which drew on his Fellowship research. He has gone on to carry out projects all over the world, the most notable being Pyramid of Peace in Kazakhstan, Apax & partners HQ in London and the Pfizer World HQ in New York.

Amongst his many roles, Brian is Trustee & Council member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Sole Executor of The Estate of Francis Bacon. For the 50th Anniversary of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Brian was invited to design a new Churchill Medallion, presented to Fellows on completion of their Fellowship.

Brian is recognised as a world leader in the field of art in architecture, and has been responsible for some of the most enduring and radical stained glass windows of the last thirty years.