Since her last exhibition at GHG in May 2019 Jane Clatworthy has been an extraordinarily busy artist. In July of 2019, she interviewed for Hatch Limited Edition Art resulting in a fascinating article, "Taking On The Patriarchy - One penis at a time".
Jane Clatworthy believes the male nude is underrepresented in recent art history. She says, " I aim to disrupt ‘the gaze’ that falls so strongly on the female form, and I'm pushing back against the idea that ‘beauty’ of the human form is found predominantly in the feminine". Her paintings are both beautiful and uncompromising.
She has positioned herself right at the forefront of artists confronting the ‘patriarchal hegemony’ head-on and is intent on challenging our implicit bias against the uncensored representation of the male form within our cultural arenas.
Jane’s work was shown in the curated group exhibition “Figure This” (Thameside Gallery, November 2019), as well as being a panellist at the conference “Figuration Today” (November 2019). Her work was also part of a group exhibition “Raw Perspectives” (Espacio Gallery, December 2019).
Whilst preparing for this exhibition "A Visceral Light", COVID briefly turned Jane back to her other passion, portraiture. In May, Jane contributed to the ‘Portraits for NHS Heroes’ project that commemorated the efforts of NHS staff at the height of the pandemic. The resulting two portraits caught the eye of the media and she has since been interviewed and had work featured in; ‘The Economist’, ("Art of Caring", June 2020), Artist and Illustrator Magazine (July 2020) and has been interviewed by US-based, international ‘The World’ public radio program (July 2020).
In June 2020, Jane was a panellist at ‘Dialogues for Artists in a Changing World’.
Our exhibition not only brings together Jane’s exploration of the male form with the uninhibited perspective of her female gaze, but we will also see paintings of the artist as her own model, full of self-introspection and the palpable vulnerability found in her male nudes.
If you see one exhibition in London this year, see this one.