Graham Clarke attended Beckenham Art School and then the Royal College of Art in London where he concentrated on illustration and printmaking. He graduated in 1964 and undertook commissions for Editions Alecto and London Transport. In 1964 he published the first of his own books, Balyn and Balan. Graham Clarke's History of England, Graham Clarke's Grand Tour and Joe Carpenter Son, An English Nativity were all published by Phaidon Press. He made a multi-media Millennium window for his own parish church of Boughton Monchelsea in Kent. In 2000 he also made a wood carving The Gloucester Nativity for Gloucester Cathedral. He had a retrospective exhibition at the Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury in 2001. Graham Clarke received an honorary degree from the University of Kent in 1993. His work is in the collections of the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.