Mr. Clark is been on the art grind for many years. He is known far and wide for his hard work in the art world of Humboldt Co. I have been great friends and art partners with him for close to a decade. A great teacher and mentor to many, he is always pushing forward and making waves. From spray paint to watercolor, oil to sculpture, blackbooks to the classroom, acrylics to found objects, He gets down!
Interview by Forest Stearns of Fatbol:
Fatbol: First off, tell me What to call you, Who you are, WHERE you’re from, and WHAT you do.
Donovan Clark:I live in Northern California, Humboldt. where I am an art teacher at the Arcata arts Institute and the Arcata high school, and an active artist. I am manager of an art gallery called Empire Squared in Eureka, California where you can see my art during “Arts Alive” each month. I make art and teach art.
Fatbol: Where can the world go to see more of your work digitally and gallery?
Donovan Clark: I am co-founder of an art collective called EMPIRE SQUARED. We have a gallery at 47 west 3rd street Eureka California where I show art each month during Arts Alive. You can view some of my work on the empire squared facebook page, my facebook page, or the empire squared website, empiresquared.com.
Fatbol: What is specific and unique that you plan to develop for the Fatbol project?
Donovan Clark: Creative concepts and a diverse style.
Fatbol: What is your favorite style and application for your own work?
Donovan Clark: I usually work within two different styles, I enjoy creating art in a graffiti style with cartoon characters, and I also take pleasure in drawing and painting in a more realistic/fine art style.
Fatbol: Explain your own style and science of art.
Donovan Clark: dude, it’s top secret.
Fatbol: What are three words that best describe your artwork?
Donovan Clark: Noir, captivating, diverse.
Fatbol: What inspires you?
Donovan Clark: Music, mostly underground Hip-Hop and blues. Graffiti, cartoons, fellow artists.
Fatbol: What is your earliest “artistic” memory?
Donovan Clark: Watching my father doodle while talking on the phone.
Fatbol: What is your goal in life?
Donovan Clark: To enjoy life.
Fatbol: Name something you love, and why.
Donovan Clark: .....
Fatbol: What makes you angry?
Donovan Clark: Bullies and bad music.
Fatbol: What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Donovan Clark: Star wars toys.
Fatbol: What is your favorite toy now?
Donovan Clark: Star wars toys.
Fatbol: What is your “dream” art project?
Donovan Clark: I like the concept of combining painting and sculpture to create an environment.
Fatbol: What have you been listening too while you’ve been working on your art[recently]?
Donovan Clark: Atmosphere and Mac Lethal.
Fatbol: If you were a cocktail on a drink menu at a bar, what would your name be?
Donovan Clark: Lord Vader.
Fatbol: If you could go back in time and talk to “8 year old YOU”, what would you say to her/him?
Donovan Clark: Invest in Apple computers.
Fatbol: If you could collaborate with any other artist [living or dead], who would it be and why?
Donovan Clark: Maybe the graffiti artist Twist.
Fatbol: What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
Donovan Clark: The more you practice the better you get.
Fatbol: If you had a chance to say one sentence for the whole world to hear, what would you say?
Donovan Clark: Think for yourself.