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b. 1972, United Kingdom

Clare Woods Biography

Born in 1972 in Hampshire, Clare Woods studied sculpture at Bath College of Art prior to receiving her MFA from Goldsmith's College, London in 1999. She is a sculptor-turned-painter and is also known for her prints and works on paper.

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Clare Woods' paintings are defined by anthropomorphic, curving strokes of spatially impacting colour that depict abstract landscapes and more recently, the human figure. These images are rendered from photographic sources such as newspaper clippings, magazines, and her own photographs, which she traces onto huge aluminium panels before applying configurations of glossy enamel, acrylic, or oil paint. The image is painted flat on the studio floor or on trestles, allowing her movement and pressure upon the brush to manipulate the paint. Her skillful layering of paint and spatial manipulation of tonal contrast possess a distinctly sculptural dimension. In an interview with Florence Hallett for The Arts Desk in 2011, Woods stated, 'it's not about the image, it's more about the construction of the paint.'

Before 2011, Clare Woods focused primarily on landscape, exploring the genre's position in art history—particularly British landscape painting—along with the relationship of the body to the landscape. For her 2006 solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, the artist presented three immense panels, 9 feet high and between 24 and 36 feet long; derived from photographs taken by the artist of sites of rural folk traditions and supernaturally charged places. Woods subverts the traditional landscape format that is defined by the horizon line, by focusing on overlooked patches of the environment, from bushy undergrowth to pools of water. There is an underlying mystery in these compositions, as seen in Daddy Witch (2008), part of the Arts Council Collection, which captures a moonlit pool of water interrupted by reflections of surrounding thicket.

The visceral, unsettling mood conveyed in such landscape paintings by Woods also transfers to her more recent works of the human figure. The artist began these psychologically charged compositions after a period of illness between 2011 and 2013. After this period, she began painting from cadavers, and became interested in artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. Here, Woods continues featuring the compositional tension between solid and hollow space; foreground and background. In Victim of Geography, her 2017 solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts, she presented bodies laid bare across the picture—or in remote landscapes—vulnerable in their solitude and exposure.

Clare Woods lives and works in Herefordshire on the Welsh border. In 2012, she was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society to create a permanent ceramic tiled mural for the Olympic Park in London. Collections with her work include: the British Council, London; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Government Art Collection, London; Southampton City Art Gallery, London; Arts Council Collection, London. Woods' solo exhibitions include: Reality Dimmed at Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry (2018); The Dark Matter, Southampton City Gallery (2012); The Unquiet Head, The Hepworth Wakefield (2011). In 2016, she published a monograph covering 25 years of her practice, titled Strange Meetings.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2019

Clare Woods Featured Artworks

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I Don’t Care if Monday’s Blue by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsI Don’t Care if Monday’s Blue, 2019Oil on aluminium
250 x 200 cm
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Sunday Voice by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsSunday Voice, 2019Oil on aluminium
100 x 100 cm
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Common Parts by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsCommon Parts, 2014Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 cm
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The Comforters by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsThe Comforters, 2018Oil on aluminium
244 x 194 cm
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The Upsidedown by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsThe Upsidedown, 2019Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 x 3 cm
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The Allnighter by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsThe Allnighter, 2019Oil on aluminium
150 x 150 x 3 cm
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Notes on Madness by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsNotes on Madness, 2019Oil on aluminium
250 x 200 x 3 cm
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It’s the end of the World as we know it by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsIt’s the end of the World as we know it, 2019Oil on aluminium
250 x 200 x 3 cm
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Clare Woods Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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6 September–5 October 2019 Clare Woods Doublethink Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, Password Revolt at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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16 January–2 March 2019 Clare Woods Password Revolt Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: New Editions at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
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1–22 September 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: New Editions Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’ Ocula Conversation
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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’ Jennifer Higgie, London

Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery (6 September–5 October 2019), Clare Woods ' first solo exhibition in London in ten years, marks a change in direction in the artist's practice. For over 20 years, Woods has expanded from her initial training as a sculptor at Bath College of Art—where she received her BA in 1994—to create abstract...

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