CLARK, Russell Stuart
A new biography of Clark, Russell Stuart Cedric appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.p>Russell Stuart Clark was born at Christchurch on 27 August 1905, studied at the Canterbury College School of Art and was subsequently for a number of years engaged in commercial art and teaching. During the Second World War he was the official war artist in the Pacific. Since 1940 he has been illustrator to the New Zealand Listener and to School Publications and has also illustrated a number of books, including the series on Maori life published by A. H. and A. W. Reed. Clark has been senior lecturer in painting at Canterbury University School of Art since 1946, but has found time to execute a number of major commissions in sculpture and mural painting. He is represented in the National Art Gallery and in the public galleries in Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, and Invercargill
In June 1964 the Arts Advisory Council conducted a closed competition, £1,000 prize, for a piece of sculpture to be placed in Riddiford Park, Lower Hutt. The judges – J. C. Beaglehole, P. A. Tomory, C. Firth, W. A. Sutton, and C. Brasch – unanimously selected Russell Clarke's model Free Standing Forms.