Michael Clark. Dancer (1989)
About this artwork
The dancer and choreographer Michael Clark was born in Aberdeen, trained at the Royal Ballet School at the age of thirteen, and worked with the Royal Ballet and Ballet Rambert until he founded his own company in 1984. The dances he has put on stage have contained 'punk, 1960s fantasy, nudity, video, platform shoes and giant hamburgers'. These have been accompanied by an equally unconventional lifestyle, involving drugs and alcohol. The 'lovely knee, bursting through the jeans' and the 'gorgeous smooth head' in this photograph give out the energy and unusual glamour of the sitter.
- title: Michael Clark. Dancer
- accession number: PGP 117.5
- artist: David WilliamsScottish (born 1952)
- depicted: Michael Clark
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Dance Performing Arts
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 1989
- measurements: 35.20 x 35.40 cm
- credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 1988
- copyright: © DAVID WILLIAMS
David Williams was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He studied at Stirling University from 1969 to 1973 and worked as a photographic assistant from 1979 to 1981. He was appointed to lecture in photography at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990 and is currently Head of Fine Art Photography. He was a musician and composer before becoming a photographer. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and has had several solo shows including one at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. His recent work explores abstraction.