John Clive’s work explores traditional artist's concerns, celebrating the interactions of light, texture, form and colour. However, his methods of portraying these universal concerns are far from traditional. Preferring instead to use computers to simulate them, as opposed to paint them or physically construct them.
“The process is largely improvisational. I jam with the computer. In one respect then, my methods are like a jazz musician's. In another they resemble a horticulturist's, in as much as I participate in the evolution of the image. The computer's powers of iteration allow me to cultivate the type of progressions that occur in nature - like the growth of organisms, the stratification of minerals or the development of cloud systems”.
Clive’s work does not make any attempt to represent natural objects but instead focuses on the processes that cause them to be. No aspects of any of John’s images are taken from scanned or photographed material, that is to say, nothing in John Clive’s imagery is taken from the physical world but instead created from scratch using his extensive computer skills and experience and a great deal of imagination.
John Clive is acknowledged as a pioneer in the digital arts. He has used computers to create imagery since the arrival of the first Quantel Paintbox in the early eighties.
In conjunction with his work as a fine artist John Clive is a film, theatre and commercials director and is regarded as a leading innovator of digital effects in the film industry. He played a pioneering role in digital techniques such as crowd cloning, morphing & photo realistic computer animation. He has lectured, broadcast and written articles on these subjects for, amongst others, the National Film Theatre, BBC TV, radio & the American Cinematographer Magazine. Occasionally he has worked as a consultant and visual effects designer for other filmmakers, including David Putnam, Mel Gibson and Franco Zefferelli.
John Clive has won numerous international awards for his work as a commercials director. Work includes "Anchor Dancing Cows", "Canon Paper Man", "Whiskas Talking Bird" & "Kodak, Olympics”. John also writes and directs for theatre and film. Work includes the feature length television film: "The Yellow Wallpaper" for Screen2/Masterpiece Theatre. His play "The Healer" was nominated for the British Writer's Guild Best Fringe Play.
Art works are in private collections in the U.S. and the U.K.