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Clare Woods

Clare Woods (b.1972, Southampton, UK) trained at Bath College of Art and Goldsmith’s College in London. Her paintings are often discussed in relation to the work of British landscape painters of the 1930s and 40s, in particular Graham Sutherland and John Piper. Using photographs as her starting point, Woods builds layers of paint on aluminium.

The reflective surface and ambiguous pictorial details – rock formations, natural pools, twisted vegetation – create dark, brooding and claustrophobic images. Wood’s exhibition The Unquiet Head at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2011 presented a group of new large-scale paintings made in response to the landscape at Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire, which also influenced Hepworth.

‘I’ve always thought about sculpture when I’m making my paintings. I want people to move around them.’

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A Contemporary Collection

On permanent display

Since opening in 2011, The Hepworth Wakefield has continued Wakefield’s tradition of supporting contemporary artists through exhibitions and acquisitions.

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Clare Woods: The Unquiet Head

22 Oct 2011 - 29 Jan 2012

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