Art is all around. Azariah Clarke has been drawn into this arena from an early age. Creative expressions could be seen from as early as age seven. As he grew older his ability began to mushroom.
Traveling daily up the steep and exigent Highbury Hill for eight long years to Morant Bay High School, he developed his love for the Arts. This was also fuelled by his mother’s ability to draw, thus served as inspiration for this budding creative being. At this noble institution of Morant Bay High School, in Sixth Form, he received an award (March 2002) for gaining the highest mark in the island of Jamaica, having sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (Lower Sixth) in Art and Design. Also, he received and was awarded for gaining the second highest mark in the island in 2003 while in Upper Sixth.
He later went on to further his studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he got the opportunity to be exposed to the Art of Painting which he has learned to love and appreciate in all its forms. He has grown to appreciate the changing sides of the contemporary art world and hence had decided to embark on a journey through the realms of Abstract Art. He has successfully completed his studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the year 2007. His Final Year Show was based on the theme “The Mask We Wear.”
“WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes—excerpt from the Poem We Wear the Mask by: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
Since then, he has spent most of his time teaching at the Ebony Gove High School in Clarendon Jamaica, sharing his craft with the students there in addition to doing spontaneous art pieces of varied subject areas or themes.