2023, oil on aluminium, 29.5 x 24 cm

The paintings of Clare Woods RA (b. 1972, Southampton, UK) are essentially concerned with sculpting an image in paint, and expressing the strangeness of an object. Originally trained as a sculptor, much of Woods’ work is an exploration of physical form. This understanding of sculptural language and a preoccupation with forms in space, translated into two-dimensional images, underpins her pictorial practice.
Many of Woods paintings emerge from a preoccupation with the human figure and are an exploration of themes of fragility, vulnerability, mortality and disability associated with the human condition. The artists’ portraits seek to portray the delicate border that exists between sickness and health, cruelty and humanity, and ultimately life and death.
In Hazy, 2023 Clare Woods addresses fear through an obscured composition in which she manipulates dark pigments to construct an abstruse portrait of a young man. Woods further compounds these themes through the title of the work which means unclear or uncertain.

Anatoly Kryvolap

About the artist

Clare Woods (b. 1972) – British artist, Royal Academician (2022). Clare Woods was born in Southampton. She received a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Bath School of Art in 1994 and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College in 1999. She lives and works in Hereford.
Woods has had many solo exhibitions both in Britain and international locations including Copenhagen, Berlin, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Athens, Madrid, Prague, and Art Basel in Switzerland. She is currently represented by Simon Lee Gallery in London and Hong Kong, Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen, Buchmann Gallery in Berlin and Night Gallery in LA.
Her work is found in many major public collections including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, US; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Arts Council Collection, London, UK; Government Art Collection, London, UK; Southampton City Art Gallery, UK; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK; The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales; The Towner, Eastbourne and The Hepworth Wakefield, UK.