Clare Woods' paintings are essentially concerned with sculpting an image in paint, and expressing the strangeness of an object. Woods' choice of subject matter is primarily based on an intuitive response to found photographic source material, which in recent years has moved from a fascination with subconscious expressions of anxiety in the landscape to explorations of the figure and human head, often in a metamorphic state of psychological tension. Woods is concerned with the relevance of the art of the past to contemporary practice and significant references in her work have included Paul Nash, Jean Fautrier, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. Using oil on aluminium she manipulates qualities of flatness and three-dimensionality, twisting foreground and background to create nuanced and Surreal imagery that connects the viewer to subconscious states of mind.
Clare Woods was born in 1972 and graduated from Goldsmith's College in 1999. She has exhibited in the UK, Europe and America and was shortlisted for the Beck's Futures prize in 2001. She is represented in the UK by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.
Recent exhibitions include A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud: A Curated show with works from the Davies Collection, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, Leaping the Fence, Hestercombe House, Somerset, Detached and Timeless: Contemporary Artists inspired by nature and the spirit of place, The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and The Dark Matter, Southampton City Art Gallery.