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Pierre Clerk

Pierre Clerk Biography

born Atlanta, GA (USA) 1928

Pierre Clerk was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 1928. He studied fine arts at McGill University, Loyola College and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada. He traveled abroad to seek further instruction at the Academy Julien in Paris, France and the Accademia di belle Arti in Florence Italy.

Pierre Clerk has been widely recognized for his stellar work in and contribution to modern art. Select awards and grants include: Canadian Council Awards, 1971,72; Tamarind Fel, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972; United States Information Service Exhibition Grant, 1977; Municipal Art Society Grant, 1977; United States Department Travel Grant, 1977-78.

Collections of his work are held in numerous museums and galleries in the United States and Canada. A select group includes: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum, New York Whitney Museum of American Art, New York National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA; Glasgow Art Museum, Scotland; New Mexico University, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Queens College, New York; State University of New York, Purchase, New York.

Select Timeline

  • 1971 - Canadian Council Award
  • 1972 - United States Information Service Exhibition Grant
  • 1977 - Municipal Art Society Grant
  • 1977-1978 - United States Department Travel Grant

Select Exhibitions

  • 1977-1978 - Pierre Clerk at waterside : an exhibition of monumental sculpture - sponsored by the Public Arts Council of the Municipal Art Society, at Waterside Plaza in New York City
  • 2004 - Under $2,000 Albers Zaugg, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, NY

Select Artwork

  • Morocco - 1979 serigraph
  • Koraluk - Banner
    • The design of Clerk's banner is directly related to ideas he uses in his paintings, prints, and tapestries. Since the mid-59's, when his work was first seen in the "New Talent" show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Clerk's paintings have been shown and collected, not only in the U.S., but throughout Europe. In New York, his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Many major American corporations, including IBM, RCA, Mobil Oil, Chase Manhattan, Gulf and Western, and others also own clerk's paintings and tapestries.
  • Block Island - 1972 Serigraph
  • Tapestry - 1973
  • Red White Blue - 1971
  • Composition - 1956
  • Multicolour design - 1955
  • Composition no 8 - 1967



  • Pierre Clerk: Tapestries, graphics, paintings by Pierre Clerk (Unknown - 1977)

Quick Facts

  • The images of Pierre Clerk's graphic works directly relate to ideas he uses in his painting, tapestries and sculpture. Big, bold and commanding, these images, although associated with a North American point of view, have worldwide appeal.


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