Blind braille artist Clarke Reynolds to open his second solo exhibition, ‘5 Degrees of Vision‘ at Grove Gallery in Fitzrovia, London this week.
Clarke is an award-winning artist known for his innovative use of braille as an artistic medium. By using a singular technique of embossing braille dots onto paper and other materials to create striking visual artworks that also incorporate texture and touch. His art challenges perceptions of what visual art can be and pushes the boundaries of accessibility.
Following his critically acclaimed debut solo exhibition, ‘The Power of Touch,’ in early 2023, ‘5 Degrees of Vision,’ features all new works that offer Reynolds’ signature exploration of light, shadow, and the relationship between the visual and the tactile. The exhibition takes its name from Reynolds’ limited residual vision, which allows him to perceive changes in light and shadow, enabling a unique artistic perspective.
As a blind artist, I have a very different relationship with visual perception that informs my work in interesting ways,
I aim to create art that can be appreciated by all, regardless of one’s ability to see. My braille embossing is a bridge between the visual and the tactile, allowing anyone to have an enriching experience of my art through touch or sight or both.
Clarke Reynolds, ‘5 Degrees of Vision‘, February 15th to March 15th 2024, Grove Gallery
About the artist
Clarke Reynolds born in 1981 in Portsmouth with limited sight in his right eye, he was later diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable eye condition that eventually led to his loss of vision. He developed an innovative technique of embossing braille dots onto paper and other materials to create striking visual artworks that incorporate texture and touch. In 2023 Clarke featured as himself in London’s iconic Morph trail which was visited by thousands of people. He created the first braille menu window for Italian restaurant chain ‘Ask’, Toured and exhibited in India teaching children braille. Become a patron for sight loss charity ‘VICTA’.