Clark V. Britton, Jr. was born in 1930 in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 1952 and completed his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1954 before being hired as an instructor. He accepted an appointment as instructor at the University of Wichita in 1957 to head the graphic design program. Further studies began in 1961 at Ohio State. In 1980 he attended MIT to study computer graphics. During his tenure at WSU he served in various capacities and was the chair of the graphic design department for 15 years.
Since 1952 he has exhibited in international, national and regional juried exhibitions, with one painting appearing in the National Collection of Fine Arts at the Smithsonian. He has worked as a designer, illustrator and film maker and has received awards from various professional organizations for his book designs, illustrations and films. The Johnson County Topeka Center for the Book has purchased 43 of his private press publications for their collection.
Clark retired from WSU in 2000. Since that time, he has continued to practice his art and has exhibited widely in the region. His last exhibition was in December 2015 hosted by the Rueben Sanders Gallery. Washburn University Library has 100 Kansas landscape drawings and a series of 38 illustrations for the exhibit “Postcards from Midland” in their Tom Averill Kansas Historical Collection.
Clark continues to live and work in Wichita.
Included in the Illuminated Authorship exhibition is a PowerPoint presentation of Britton’s “Landscape Sketches in Kansas Locations.” Click on the image above for a small selection from these and an explanation of the process.