‘Clare Woods – Hanging, Hollow and Holes’
Clare Woods Hanging, Hollow and Holes
7 Nov 2014—17 Jan 2015

Clare Woods Hanging, Hollow and Holes

7 Nov 2014—17 Jan 2015
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

The Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce the fourth solo exhibition of works by the English painter Clare Woods (GB, *1972).

 

In the new group of works, Woods, who became well known through her large landscapes (up to 2,5 x 10,5 meters), exhibits three different genres that mutually overlap: portrait, landscape, and still life.

 

The point of departure for these works is black-and-white photographic source material from books or newspapers, or the artist’s own photographs. Clare Woods is just as interested in the photographic reportage of Don McCullin as in photos of sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi, such as Shattered Head of 1956, which can be found in the Tate Collection. The sculpture formed the basis for the painting The Repeater.

 

Like Georg Baselitz, for whom the inversion of the motif creates a distance from reality, with her colourless source material Clare Woods places a filter between reality — the landscape, the portrayed person, the still life — and the painting. Within this creative latitude, suddenly any colour and painterly expression is possible. All decisions are on account of the painting and are released from the constraints of a specific representation of reality. On an emotional level as well Woods also recodes the motifs through unusual coloration.

 

“I can project any colour onto the image as I have not experienced it first hand,” said Woods in an interview in October of 2014.

 

The reference to figurative works of sculpture is a conceptual method used by Woods to achieve a kind of doubled abstraction. The reality transformed in the sculpture is refracted a second time in the painting process. The works of Edouard Paolozzi and Henry Moore in particular, but also those of Louise Bourgeois and William Tucker have attracted Woods’ interest.

 

Clare Woods’ works have been shown in solo exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, in the Southampton City Art Gallery, and Chisenhale Gallery in London, among others. Her works can be found in the Margulies Collection, Miami, in the National Collection of Wales, in the Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, and in the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, among others. An exhibition in the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown (Wales) can be visited until November 5, 2014

 

Please contact the gallery should you require any further information about the artist or require images of the works.

‘Clare Woods – Hanging, Hollow and Holes’

Clare Woods

Born 1972, lives and works in Hereford, UK

Education
1997 - 99 MA, Goldsmith’s College, London
1991 - 94 BA, Bath College of Art, Bath
Grants and Awards
2022 Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

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2021
2020
2019
2018
2015
2013
2012
2011
2009
2008
2007
2006
2004
2002
2000
1997

Group Exhibitions

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2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
Selected Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
Arts Council Collection, London
British Airways Art Collection, London
CCA Andratx, Mallorca
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia
Government Art Collection, London
Harewood House, Leeds
Honart Museum, Tehran
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Mead Gallery, Warwick University, Warwick
NationalCollection of Wales, Cardiff
Nuffield College Collection, Oxford
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
The British Council Collection, London
The Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
The Hiscox Collection, London
The Hive, Worcester
The National Museum, Cardiff
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Tulle House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
VIA University, Aarhus