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Clive Arrowsmith - David Bowie From the Shadows, London Studio
Clive Arrowsmith
David Bowie From the Shadows, London Studio
Archival Pigment Photograph
1990, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - Helena Bonham Carter
Clive Arrowsmith
Helena Bonham Carter
Archival Pigment Photograph
1987, Printed 2017
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and print dated on recto. Artist label on verso. # 2/7

Clive Arrowsmith - Sophie Ward Actress
Clive Arrowsmith
Sophie Ward Actress
Archival Pigment Photograph
1985, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - Sammy Davis, London
Clive Arrowsmith
Sammy Davis, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1973, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.

Clive Arrowsmith - Maudie James
Clive Arrowsmith
Maudie James
Archival Pigment Photograph
1970, printed 2015
Image: 43 1/4 x 36 inches, paper: 47 1/2 x 40 inches

Signed, print date 2015 and editioned 1/25 on recto.

Clive Arrowsmith - London Store Ad
Clive Arrowsmith
London Store Ad
Archival Pigment Photograph
1990, Printed 2015
Image: 36 x 36 inches, paper: 40 x 40 inches

Signed, print date 2015 and editioned 1/25 on recto.

Clive Arrowsmith - Ann Schaufuss Monkey Coat
Clive Arrowsmith
Ann Schaufuss Monkey Coat
Archival Pigment Photograph
1970, printed 2015
Image: 20 1/2 x 16 inches, paper: 24 x 17 inches

Signed, print date 2015 and editioned 1/25 on recto.

Clive Arrowsmith - Ann Schaufuss Veil
Clive Arrowsmith
Ann Schaufuss Veil
Archival Pigment Photograph
1971, printed 2015
Image: 19 1/2 x 16 inches, paper: 23 x 17 inches

Signed, print date 2015 and editioned 1/25 on recto.

Clive Arrowsmith - Y.S.L. Paris Salon
Clive Arrowsmith
Y.S.L. Paris Salon
Archival Pigment Photograph
1981, Printed 2017
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and print dated on recto. Artist label on verso. # 2/7

Clive Arrowsmith - Yamamoto + Models, VOGUE
Clive Arrowsmith
Yamamoto + Models, VOGUE
Archival Pigment Photograph
1970, Printed 2017
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and print dated on recto. Artist label on verso. # 2/7

Clive Arrowsmith - Hunter Thompson, London
Clive Arrowsmith
Hunter Thompson, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1985, Printed 2017
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and print dated on recto. Artist label on verso. # 3/7

Clive Arrowsmith - Donna Mitchell, Paris Collections, Vogue
Clive Arrowsmith
Donna Mitchell, Paris Collections, Vogue
Archival Pigment Photograph
1975, Printed 2012
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.

Clive Arrowsmith - Geishe and Sphere, VOGUE, London
Clive Arrowsmith
Geishe and Sphere, VOGUE, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1971, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - Mick Jagger, Savoy Hotel, London
Clive Arrowsmith
Mick Jagger, Savoy Hotel, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1990, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.

Clive Arrowsmith - Paul McCartney, Plexiglass Guitar, Studio London
Clive Arrowsmith
Paul McCartney, Plexiglass Guitar, Studio London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1982, Printed Later
50 x 57 inches, Image Size 47 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.

Clive Arrowsmith - The Virgin "O" Nude, London
Clive Arrowsmith
The Virgin "O" Nude, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1995, Printed 2012
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.

Clive Arrowsmith - Plated Hair, London
Clive Arrowsmith
Plated Hair, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1973, Printed Later
37 x 36 inches, Image Size 30 x 30 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - HH Dalai Lama (Eyes Closed), NY
Clive Arrowsmith
HH Dalai Lama (Eyes Closed), NY
Archival Pigment Photograph
2001, Printed Later
37 x 28 1/2 inches, Image Size 30 x 22 1/2 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - Bowie Twisting (back in color), London Studio
Clive Arrowsmith
Bowie Twisting (back in color), London Studio
Archival Pigment Photograph
1990, Printed 2017
30 x 30 inches

Signed and print dated on recto. Artist label on verso. # 1/7

Clive Arrowsmith - Peter Gabriel, The Roman Bath in Bath, UK
Clive Arrowsmith
Peter Gabriel, The Roman Bath in Bath, UK
Archival Pigment Photograph
1970, Printed Later
37 x 28 1/2 inches, Image Size 30 x 22 1/2 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto. Signed, titled and numbered on verso.
Clive Arrowsmith - Fortnum & Mason Ice Cream Parlour
Clive Arrowsmith
Fortnum & Mason Ice Cream Parlour
Archival Pigment Photograph
2012
image: 47 3/4 x 36 inches, paper: 54 3/4 x 42 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 5/25 on recto.

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Clive Arrowsmith: Amazement and Amusement

7/28/18 - 9/22/18

For decades, Clive Arrowsmith’s fashion studies and portraiture have been celebrated for their creative vision and jubilant, expressive style; emphatic photographs of Bowie, McCartney, Sammy Davis Jr. or Jagger are created from a mixture of the photographer’s alluring brand and his traditional art school training. The Welsh photographer from Mancot gained recognition as one of the leading photographers of his generation, distinguished naturally as a world-renowned photographer of the fashion industry and of the most celebrated personalities in recent history.

Arrowsmith pursued an education at the Queensferry Art School and the Kingston College of Art. While studying Renaissance painting, he mastered the aspects of light and composition that would become defining characteristics in his work. After finding a livelihood as a painter difficult, Arrowsmith worked as a designer for the British music show Ready, Steady, Go! Here, Arrowsmith would begin to teach himself photography to accompany his designs, taking behind the scene shots of the era’s iconic musicians. Ultimately, he would prefer photography to painting, deciding it was more efficient to create a picture quickly instead of spending months on a painting. He learned to arrange, shoot, and print his own negatives and gained the photographic expertise that would later materialize into well-established commission work as a fashion photographer. Arrowsmith would be commissioned to work for some of the leading magazines in the fashion industry and become a regular contributor to brand names such as British & French Vogue, Nova Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Esquire U.S.A., to name only a few.

“I was shooting for the Paris collections and French Vogue. I was going on fashion trips around the world, so I never had time to be an assistant and learn from a mentor; I was totally self-taught. Being hurdled in at the deep end of fashion photography at Vogue in the UK meant I had to experiment as I went along. My five years in art school gave me the vision of light and form, so that, along with analyzing the various techniques of film and cameras, moved me deeper into my work.”
Arrowsmith’s photography is characterized by its dynamic compositions, often using movement and unpredictability to create a captivating image. It is through the photographer’s experimental nature and expressive flexibility that the images can generate a sense of fascination. Dramatic lighting, an enchanted subject, capturing a sudden moment, these methods define how the photographs will present themselves and also denote Arrowsmith’s “Caravaggisti” influence. Using the techniques of chiaroscuro by placing his subjects under low-key lighting and through aesthetic arrangements influenced by stage designs, the photographer develops his own style of ingenious and emotive photography. Arrowsmith’s photographs are not overly complex; his black and white portraits are at times softly-lit and recall classical sculpted busts while others offer a mental intensity and contrast analogous to film noir. His color work is expressive and lyrical in the use of a rich, vibrant palette.

Clive Arrowsmith’s ability to highlight the subjects’ individuality and offer insights into their individual personalities is recognized as a dominant force in portraiture. He has lectured extensively on the art of the photographic portrait, has had an award-winning eponymous monograph published and is one of the few photographers who has been chosen to shoot the prestigious Pirelli calendar for two years consecutively.

“If the celebrities go for my idea, that is great, but mostly I find the face and a plain background give me enough to work with; the face is such a map of expression and time. One sees through years of working that the camera is indeed a time machine preserving unique moments in time and space.”

Arrowsmith was passionate about the music scene and honed his skills in the context of the fashion and entertainment industry, choosing a career behind the camera as opposed to his other passions. Michael Roberts, Editor at large of Vanity Fair, says Arrowsmith’s work contains a “…Strange hallucinogenic allure”, further accentuating the photographer’s charismatic style. His work is multi-dimensional as well as unpredictable, the photographer’s own vitality and energy transcend to the other side of the camera. He has maintained an almost aloof freshness and a feel of improvisation. His subjects, whether they are well-known personalities or designer clothes and products are eye-catching and intriguing. Clive Arrowsmith ultimately portrays a world of celebrities, models, and designers under a tightly focused and highly detailed lens. He carefully constructs each image with his own flexible and adaptive style – whether the subject is high couture or an influential character, the photographs are alive with a spontaneity and an urgency to record the fundamental aesthetic expression of “cool”.