Ed Clark turns 85 years old this year. Born in Storyville, New Orleans, Clark used the WWII GI Bill to move to Paris in 1952. He was one of the few African American artists painting in Montmartre at that time. Clark works on large monumental canvases and developed his shaped canvas, which then influenced the contemporary movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The methods he uses consists of everything from a push-broom to his own bare hands, dipped in rich paint only to be smothered across the canvas.