Clare Woods is regarded as one of the most significant painters working today. Her paintings and works on paper are found in important public and private collections around the world, and she has produced many high-profile public commissions in the UK and Europe.
This new exhibition of paintings brings together key works from her career alongside new works specifically made in response to Hestercombe.
Woods’ highly colouristic paintings, full of visceral energy, explore both abstraction and representation, expressing both a poetic romanticism and an unnerving psychic charge. She is concerned with the relevance of the art of the past and its relation to contemporary practice and significant references in her work have included artists Paul Nash, Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Trained as a sculptor, Woods considers her paintings physical objects, often created at large scale, working flat on aluminium panels in oil and enamel, she masks areas of paint to create layers and crisp linear forms. This exhibition charts the artist’s journey from the raw influence of landscape to wider human concerns of fragility, pain and vulnerability, and their relationship to the natural world.
The newly published book ‘Strange Meetings’, with a foreword by Andrew Marr, the first monograph on Clare Woods’ art, is also available to buy during the exhibition.