(B. 1996) Danielle Clarke is a contemporary realist oil painter based in Toronto. Through representational oil painting she examines and exalts the figures she depicts. She studied fine arts at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and earned her BFA from York University in 2018.
In my art, I focus on capturing the stories and experiences of women and people who are genderqueer. I aim to challenge traditional notions of femininity and beauty with images featuring the women and gender-non-conforming people in my life. I like to create paintings that have a greater depth than one would think at first glance, using compositions and details that make the viewer wonder about the deeper meaning and circumstances these figures exist in. I celebrate small moments and strive to empower and inspire, contributing to a larger conversation about gender and the individuality and diversity of femininity.