Desire From The Planet Called Pleasure

Henry Ray Clark (1936 - 2006)
Colored ballpoint pens, manila envelope
Circa: 1997
Size: 20" (w) x 13 1/2" (h) (sight)
A striking example of Clark's work with a female alien named "Desire" in the center panel. Unusually Clark uses loosened ink, similar to watercolor and a couple of the sections surrounding the figure. Titled on top, "MY NAME IS DESIRE FROM THE PLANET CALLED PLEASURE I AM HERE TO SERVE YOU WITH WHATEVER YOU WISH."

His street name was "The Magnificent Pretty Boy," because of his good looks and intense blue eyes. Armed with a sixth grade education, a life of drug dealing and hustling, Clark found himself in and out of the Texas penitentiary system until an assault landed him there on an extended stay.

Clark kept busy creating intricate, other-worldly drawings using ballpoint pens and manila envelopes.

Clark’s work has been included in several exhibits, including; Hirschl & Adler, "Living Folk," 1990; "Passionate Visions of the American South," New Orleans Museum of Art, 1993, and "Spirited Journeys: Self-Taught Texas Artists of the Twentieth Century," 1997; and more recently at the exhibition "Seeing Stars" at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas in 2012.


Condition: Excellent. Archivally framed with floating mat and cased in Museum Glass.

Price: $2,800.00