Artist Marcus
                                    Clarke with Puppet RonMarcus Clarke Artist  Video  
marcusclarkeart and PuppetTVGraffiti

Left Marcus and Ron 2021. A Collaborative Person and Puppet Collective.
Right Their first Artwork. Title:The Daffodols. Artists:Marcus and Ron.

"Art's not an Academic subject you Muppet"  Marcus Clarke

Art Statement: When I was 14 yrs of age my Dad worked the night shift at the local Raleigh bicycle factory and my mother was a cleaner in a Care Home. Due to various circumstances I found school hard and couldn't concentrate. I kept calm and interested by constantly drawing. Leaving school without any qualifications I applied to NTU then Nottingham Polytechnic's Arts Foundation Course. I was told by the interviewer as he looked through my extensive Portfolio, "you can do Art but you don't understand what your doing, you have no GCSE's. You see Arts an Academic subject." Hence I have recently adopted the mantra "Art's not an Academic subject you Muppet". I studied art that year though at Mansfield College of Art who accepted me with the proviso that I left them with 5 GSCE's. I did and A Level Art but by then I had decided not to go on to University but instead to go back into the Theatre where I had briefly worked. I stayed there for many years before moving into Film and Television Puppetry only returning to my Arts Practice in 2010. Seeing contrived boring MA style pitches put to the public as art and watching square convergent thinking Academic pegs being bashed into divergent thinking Artist holes. Only alienating audiences and destroying Artists. I decided to at least make my artwork fun and engaging even with its often deeply personal themes of childhood and confusion, capture and escape. Among the aims of all of my art is to encourage School Leavers to consider a career in the Arts and to seek out Jobs and Apprenticeships in the Creative Industries. Especially boys and those from lower social economic backgrounds. For adults too, working in mostly manual trades, to consider creating art derived from their own backgrounds by utilising their everyday working skills. Incorporating their world of work into their art. A Plumber to create a sculpture out of piping. A Garage Technician to create art out of scrap Car parts for example. I use irony, paint and drawing, found objects, antiquities, jewelry and junk. Sealing, glues and resins. Puppet Making Materials as well as Puppetry Performance Objectives skills and talents from my world of work as a Professional Puppet Maker and Puppeteer.

Cherry Blossom with Marcus and Ron
Six Cherry Blossoms
Money - Bitcoin the Currency

Fairy Stories for Lost Child Hoods Visual Art Exhibition 2022
Fairy_Stories_for_Lost_Child_HoodsIs Nottingham Artist Marcus Clarke's next planned major art project and exhibition in Nottinghamshire. Drawing primarily on his own experience of learning traditional children's fairy stories only as an adult. They were just not part of Marcus's upbringing and childhood culture. This exhibition explores how they can be seen afresh, interpreted differently when viewed from a wholly adult perspective. How Fairy Stories can reach out to be appreciated by a new audience through innovative presentation. Informed by discussion with others who have also come to traditional children's fairy stories for the first time as adults. Including some from within the Prison Network.
Marcus's Arts Practice, self styled Puppetisation and PuppetTVGraffiti has evolved from his world of work as a Professional Puppeteer. As both a Performer and as a Craft Puppet Maker. Drawing too on his own childhood, Nottingham culture and many Historical interests and combining them all.
The exhibition is accompanied by another exploration played out through its Fairy Stories for Lost Child Hoods Artwork Creation Video's. One linked to each artwork and available online to the Public through youtube. Via gallery resources and personal hand held devices. These video's with additional text descriptions explain each Artworks' making and form a Gallery Exhibition Guide.
The Woyaya to Grace Jones accompanying Creation Video Soundtracks enhance the experience of these video's as they progressively explore the Artists own development time in and around his studying Art as a Mansfield College of Art Vocational Graphic Design and A Level GCSE Art Student. How that affected his appreciation of other Artists, Roger Dean at the time and later Jean-Paul Goude and Musically, Osibisa and then Grace Jones in what becomes a transition for him from Graphic Design to Performance, Lighting and Set Design in Theatre to Film and Television Puppetry and then back again to Fine Art. A synchronous evolution for the world too from Analogue to Digital and back again. This exhibition will be accompanied by Creative Schools Workshops currently being developed as Puppetry, Collage, Animation activities along these lines School Workshops for advance booking information please Contact
Exhibitions and Hangings.
2020 Selected to Stage1. Visual Art Open.
2019 Selected to Stage1. Visual Art Open.
2017 Pre-Selected Mall Gallery. Royal Society of Marine Artists. Title Faded Beach Hut.
2017 Fisher-Patterson Gallery Gt.Yarmouth, MO Sheringham Museum. RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition - Refreshing Seaside Memories. More
2017 Floor One Gallery Nottingham RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition - Refreshing Seaside Memories.
2015 First Floor Gallery Central Library, Nottingham. The DogHorseCoat Art Exhibition and Homeless in the Puppetised City. More
2015 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show. Two works. Naval rule and Poster.
2014 The National Open Art Competition 2014 Shortlisted
2014 Homeless in the Puppetised City Art Exhibition One man show Nottingham. 13x works and Video more
2014 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2012 FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation. 3x works exhibited. Curator Diane Ali
2011 Nottingham Castle Gallery Annual Open 2011 1x Intervention and 1x exhibited work plus Video Film made. 
2011 Surface Gallery Nottingham 'Salon des Refuse's' 2x works exhibited.
2010 4 Puppetised Jackets Project and Art Exhibition. Broad Marsh Centre. more
1977 Mansfield College of Art, now Vision West Notts College. Various.

Artworks and Artifacts
Marcus's Collage and Assemblage Modern Day, Medieval Style Reliquaries as Art 2014-2019
Nail Fairy IX

2017  Nail Fairy IX above

2018 Title:The Tooth Fairy right

The Tooth
                      Fairy by Marcus Clarke

2018 Title: Windrush Orphans

This Artwork Draws on an experience the artist, Marcus Clarke, had as a child while in the National Children's Home (NCH) Orphanage, Princess Alice, Birmingham, England.

2018 Title: You're Not Going Nowhere.
West Bridgford 1971.
The Middle Class Marriage Trap.

2018 Title: Howdy Stranger
Influenced by the experience of being a foreigner and Marcus's childhood years in Canada. (right)

ncn entrance sheringham
Ophelia Rabbit Drowned
This series of artworks created 2014-19 draw on older art forms like Medieval Reliquary, Well Dressing, Religious Iconography and other Sacred Art but also on Mankindís eternal human need to share things, Keepsakes, Mementos, Souvenirs, Heirlooms, Memorials and Memories. Each work is built or made up around one central character, thing, object, with ideas and reactions radiating out of it in various degrees and volumes to create an illuminating and emotive flow that's then frozen in a visual artwork.
Right Title: NCH Sheringham Front Door. Marcus entered National Children's Home Orphanage, Hooks Hill, Sheringham, England at 4yrs of age.
Top Left Title: Orphelia Rabbit Drowned. Drowning is a birth, rebirth risk.

Title - Death Defying Evel   

Title - Super

Title:Rumours Below. Title:M&S Prawn Sandwich - Relic of a Memorable Meal. Below right. Series: Food - Suppers

Marks and Spenser Prawn
                      Sandwhich Relic

Title: Klee Angel and Elfie Pixie
Klee Angel by Marcus Clarke

Elfie Pixie by Marcus Clarke
Title: Football Man
Bobby Moore Footballer

Dainty Deities - MouseDainty Deities - Bear
Above Title: Dainty Deities - Mouse, Bear. Above Right Title: Stuck

Title: It's not about you Andy, it's about being an Art Student. The Icons and Environments Series 2017

Title: Less not fade away.
Title: It's not about you Marilyn, its about 1957.
Rolling Stones
RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition
Marcus Clarke's Art Exhibition of 2017 - Called: RSM Sheringham - Refreshing Seaside Memories.
Click the image below for more information about that.

RSM Sheringham's Norfolk - Coastal Keepsakes - Objet d'Art - approx 16x10cm
Beachcombed and Found Norfolk Objects with Antique Jewellery and Puppet Making materials, Vacuum sealed.


Good Wishesquantum theoryArtists Background
Born in the East End of London. Emigrated to Canada as a Baby, returned to England and NCH Orphananages before being settled in Nottinghamshire where he now lives. Marcus Clarke is primarily known as a Puppeteer for Film and Television, he is Bookaboo in the Multi BAFTA and other award winning EMMY Nominated Amazon Studio's/CBC Canada Kids TV Series, Bookaboo.
He is also a Puppet Maker and his partnership company, Hands Up Puppets made the UK Channel 5's Milkshake Monkey Puppet and RTE's Ogri Puppet, which featured on Ireland's National Postage Stamp. His work from Little Shop of Horrors, The Storyteller, Dappledown Farm, A Star Wars Story:Hans Solo to Milkshake Monkey and his handiwork has been on our screens for over 30 years. More and Short Stories.

, Good Wishes.
Right Beautiful Quantum Theory.

Space Dog

'Reading into it' Shortlisted for NOA 2014.
Marcus successfully experimented with a strand of work called 'Art Writing'. He has been BAFTA nominated for his short form composition and script editing work. Now he either incorporates this text, dialogue, conversation into the artworks themselves or into the label element of them.

(far left)
Space Dog from The DogHorse
Coat Art Exhibition.

Dapple the Horse Relic(Oct 2016) Other Artworks
I found this signed picture on eBay and bought it. It's of Crabtree Rabbit (Puppet) who starred in BBC's Tricky Business Children's TV Programme of 1989 . It's signed by me, as I was the Puppeteer and voice of this puppet character and I remember signing this one as the Biro didn't work, but that's it. We also made this Puppet. When I thought about it, this signed photo and all those years ago, I realised that this signed picture was a relic of me and of that time. A different world of beliefs, emotions, ideas and ambitions. So I decided to give it the New Art Enshrinement treatment and here it is. A Treasured Relic I call 'Tricky Relic'. (Far right)
Having created one relic from an old signed Puppet Photograph of mine I decided to wholly create another from scratch and from the same year, 1989, when I was also the Puppeteer and Voice of Dapple the Horse in TVAM's Dappledown Farm Kids TV Series. A Puppet we also made. Adopting the aspect of the Medieval Mind but utilising modern technology, I found an old photograph, printed it and signed it and then, New Art Enshrined it, as something to revere, to Treasure. I call it 'Dapple Relic'. (I await the Pilgrims).

Christmas art giftChristmas Art Gilft Glad New YearChristmas
              Art Gift - Good LuckChristmas
              Art Gift - Good Wishes

Experiments with Celebrations 2015
Events and Greetings Cards to create Memento's, Relics as Artworks.

Experiments with Nature and Vacuum forming 2015
The Treasure Tree, The Dancing Tree, Heart Nose Tree and Crown Tree.

Transformational Power of Art: Buildings 

Gladstone Hotel. Green by Marcus Clarke Gladstone Hotel. Parrot by Marcus ClarkeGladstone Hotel. Gold by Marcus
                      Clarke.The Ever Changing Faces of the Gladstone Hotel Series 2015.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. Canada.

Gladstone Hotel. Which, Witch by Marcus
Gladstone Hotel. Cow by Marcus Clarke.

2015 Puppetised Postcards experiments.
              PuppetisedSaxonia PuppetisedAquitania

2015 Puppetised Postcards project (above) adds to Marcus's Puppetisation practice ideas and techniques drawn from traditional Reliquary and Well Dressing, utilising modern Vacuum Sealing technology to suggest a frozen moment in time. Memory.
In 2014 Marcus had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which was restaged at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015.
It included old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the Exhibition its title. Upper right DogHorse Coat is titled 'Space Dogs'.
This was followed up in 2017 with another exhibition of completely new works.
2012/13 4 Puppetised Jackets a Fashion Creation/Puppetry Arts project was undertaken to, Create and Exhibit Men's Fashion Jackets. see below

Title. Helena my Love. (Right) 2015 Iconic Portraiture style.
Materials used.
Photo of Helena Smee on Cardboard with Jewellery and Acrylic Gems lastly Vacuum Sealed in Poly Bag and hung by string with wooden clothes line clips.

Title. Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4.
Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers  and shoelace on Foam Board.

The DOGHORSE COAT Exhibition held over February 2015.
At the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham.
Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.

                  Designer Dog Coat
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.

See the Exhibition page The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition

Nottingham Theatre RoyalHomeless in the Puppetised City a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts. There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image based Puppetising activity workshops. All very well received and reviewed.
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition
Printed item

 Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
 Exhibition Page
 Facebook Page
 Press Release

Homeless in the Puppetised City Workshop.
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
See Educational

In the Re-Beginning or Early Works.

Big Ben Houses
              of Parliament Election FairyErosNational Gallery LondonNelson's Column Trafalga SquareMarcus initially returns to Contemporary Art in 2010 with these Puppetised works and founds PuppetTVGraffiti.

Tracy Ermin

Nottingham Castle ArtNottinghamNew Art Exchange Nottingham

Some British Art Show 7 Venues for 2011 are Puppetised.

Then Puppetised Sculpture.
Reliquario di Pinocchio (2012 right)
A rare puppetised object. A fragment of the true nose of Pinocchio in it's original Reliquary. More

Taps remembrance

(2012 Left) Taps Remembrance.


                      being interviewed at the Nottingham Contemporary
                      2012Some Quotes.

"interesting juxtaposition, an eclectic mishmash, a concentration of tropes".
"Gesamtkunstwerk". Anon
"A local artist, making a mark regionally, nationally and internationally". Peter Knott. ACE.
"I've never worried about being found out. I know I'm not a fraud." Marcus Clarke

                  cover by Marcus Clarke Some Press
F- ACT Magazine Canberra Australia 2017 Fusion:5 Inspirational pieces of Artwork from Marcus Clarke feature 
RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition 2017 Fisher-Patterson Gallery GT.Yarmouth
The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke. (far right)
Nottingham Post Feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature. (right)
Left Lion feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature

Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC

Childhood Short Stories page

To Canada on the AscaniaSurface Gallery
International Postcard Show

The Ascania to Canada (right)
At the International Postcard Show 2016
"As a child in 1957 I emigrated to Canada from my birthplace in London, England, on this Ship. It was absolutely full of Hungarian Refugees from the Uprising. Many slept out on the open deck."

2015 Two works including, The Naval Rule. (Art Writing).

2014 Right Black Spot. (Art Writing).Black Spot Art Writing

2013 Below. Titled, The Surface Gallery Bug.

Self Portrait. Native Self Portrait of Marcus Clarke
'Native Marcus Clarke'.

Many Artists have done a Self Portrait and I wanted to do one too. 2013 I got out all of my Puppetised Pictures to show a Magazine Editor. I saw the opportunity to grab a photo of myself with my Pictures. Helena (below) obliged. More

marcus and kemi 4 Puppetised Jacket's Project page 
It's Puppetised Fashion

All page content copyright Marcus Clarke 2011
HNS Barham Puppetised
SS Norway                             HMS Barham Puppetised                      Train 1