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EDWARD CLARK Edward Clark is an abstract expressionist whose work has drawn accolades internationally for five decades. His paintings hang in many distinguished collections, from the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Schomberg Collection at the New York Public Library to the Museum of Modern Art in Brazil and the Museum Solidarity in Yugoslavia. Clark has traveled widely in pursuit of inspiration -- everywhere from Nigeria, Sicily and Egypt to Crete, Martinique, Yucatan and Morocco. He has won numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Clark is the first painter credited with working on a shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s. He has applied everything from his bare fist to a push broom guided by wooden tracks to create swift horizontal brush stokes on a canvas. He specializes, as an artist, in creating a sense of energy and movement, color and light, all presented with deep emotion. Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago's inner city, the young Clark served in the Army during World War II, returned stateside to study at the Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill, and went on to attend the L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, where he had his first solo show. It was there that his art evolved from figurative painting to abstraction.