Declan Clarke Group Portrait with Explosives
A collection of weapons made for the artist by his father, Paddy Clarke, during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The shot gun was based on the design of that owned by his father’s older brother; the machine gun, top, was made according to a design of the artist circa 1982, and was a cross between a Soviet made PPD-40 machine gun (1935-45 – the precursor to the AK-47), and a British made Sterling submachine gun (1944-1994). The machine pistols are replicas of a US made Ingram MAC-10 (1970-present) bottom left, and a Czechoslovakian made Škorpion vz. 61 (1961-present), bottom right. The throwing knife was a design by Paddy Clarke.