These vast oil-painted aluminum sheets, the largest measuring 3 x 2 metres, punctuate DCA’s light and spacious galleries.
Woods paints from found images, her selection of photographs featuring people at their most vulnerable, bodies that are exposed or in a remote landscape.
Through long, curved brushstrokes, faces, limbs and outlines come to the fore and are distorted into apparitions that are just out of reach. Yellows, browns, blues, reds, greens and pinks – each work features a single colour which is then pulled apart across the painting, with the daintiest of light hues worked through to the darkest shades.
Clare Woods is a renowned painter who lives and works in the Welsh borders. Her work is held in many major international collections including the Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park.