Jake Clark graduated from the RCA in 1993 and spent 6 months on a residency in Conneticut USA. He has exhibited at the Riverside Open, London, the John Moores, Liverpool and An American Passion, Glasgow. The Gasworks exhibition was his first solo show.
The paintings in Dog Days use images of people in hedonistic settings; scenes that take place in public spaces such as holiday resorts. The paintings show how these resorts can become havens, isolated from their surroundings. These places are cut off from the rest of the world and at the same time become a more extreme version of it. The title Dog Days refers to the hot, numbing atmosphere of a balmy summer's day. The garishness and drama of the paint reflects this scorching heat but with some sort of impending disaster - the people depicted are not having a good time.