Clare Woods


Clare Woods (b.1972) is a British contemporary artist. Her 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 commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society to create a permanent ceramic mural for the London 2012 Olympic Park, and in 2015 15 x 8 meter painting for Aarhus VIA University College, Denmark. Her recent solo exhibitions have included a touring solo exhibition from Oriel Davies (2014-2016), A Tree A Rock A Cloud, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, (2015), Rebecca Chami Gallery, Athens, André Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, (2014), The New Art Centre, Salisbury, Harewood House, Leeds (2013) Southampton City Art Gallery, (2012) The Hepworth Wakefield (2011). Her work is included in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Arts Council Collection, London, British Council, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, Goverment Art Collection, The Nation Collection of Wales, Cardiff, Southampton City Art Gallery and Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle.

New artist book by Clare Woods:

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Clare Woods

Born in Southampton, 1972


1997-1999 MA Fine Art, Goldsmith’s College, London
1991-1994 BA Fine Art, Bath College of Art, Bath


Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
Rehumanised, Simon Lee, Hong Kong
English Habits, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

Victim of Geography, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK

The Sleepers, Pallant House Gallery, Two person exhibition with Des Hughes
Solo exhibition at Plymouth Art Center, curated by Ben Borthwick
Three Person Show, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, Scotland
Print Commission, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud, On Tour – Oriel-y-Parc, Wales, Wales,
with Graham Sutherland works from The National Collection Of Wales
A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud, On Tour – Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Wales,
with John Piper works from The National Collection Of Wales
The Drama Triangle, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Scale Painting Commission, VIA University College, Denmark

A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud: A Curated show with works from the Davies Collection,
The National Collection Of Wales – Oriel Davies, Wales
Hanging, Hollows and Holes, Andre Buchman, Berlin
Monument, Large Scale Litho Prints, Mascalls Gallery, Kent
New works, Rebecca Chami Gallery, Athens, Greece

New works, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, March – April 2013
Eve Rothschild/Clare Woods, New works, The New Art Centre, Salisbury, May – July 2013
The Seven Eggs, Large Scale Litho Prints, Harewood House, Yorkshire, July – September 2013

The Dark Matter, Southampton City Art Gallery
The Bad Neighbour, Modern Art, London
The Dark Matter, Andre Buchman, Berlin
Carpenter’s Curve & Brick Field, Permanent Commission for London 2012 Olympic Park

The Unquiet Head, The Hepworth Wakefield
Evenings Hill, Permanent Commission for Hampstead Heath Train Station

Cemetery Bends, Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain
Watercolours, André Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany

The Prospect, The New Art Centre, Salisbury
Monster Field, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
The Dancing Mania, André Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Jiri Svetska Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Art Basel – Art Unlimited, Switzerland
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece

Deaf mans House, The Chisenhale Gallery, London
Pilar Parra Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain

Modern Art, London
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Walls Have Eyes, Eva Rothschild/Clare Woods Modern Art, London

Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, USA

Modern Art, London

New Paintings, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Recent Paintings, Habitat, Kings Road, London

A Place on the Table, Plas Gyn-y-Weddw, Wales
History in the Making, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Destroyed by Shadows, Liverpool University Gallery, Liverpool
Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Paul Morisson Studio, Sheffield

A Green and Pleasant Land: British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970’s to Now, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Poster Girls, A Century of Art & Design, London Transport Museum, London
31 Woman, Breese Little, London
New Beginnings, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Zeichnung, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London
Natural States,Three Person Show, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, Scotland

Happy Valleys, Three Person show of New works & Print Commission, Gallerie Simpson,
Swansea, Wales
Imagining A University, Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection

Detached and Timeless: Contemporary Artists inspired by nature and the spirit of place.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.
Wales Visitation: Poetry Romanticism and Myth in Art, The National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales
Leaping the Fence, Hestercombe House, Somerset

A Fresh Look at Landscape, Oriel y Parc, St Davids, Wales
Under the Greenwood, picturing British trees, Southampton City Art Gallery
Creates Aber Communities, Arken Museum, Denmark
Contested Ground, Leeds Art Gallery

Creating The New Century, Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, The Dayton Art
Institute, Dayton, OH, USA Palm Paintings, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Exhibitionism: The Art of Display, East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, London

Topographies, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, St Ives; touring to:
Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne
Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle (National Trust), Herefordshire

Monuments With A Horizon Line II, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Superstratum, Galerie Koraalberg, Antwerp, Belgium
M25: Around London, curated by Barry Schwabsky, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Fringes of Abstraction, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wood for the Trees and the Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London
John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Esencias 11, Fundacion Municipal de Cultura, Vallaloid, Spain

Chambres à Part, Sezz Hotel,curated by Laurence Dreyfus, Paris, France
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Stay Positive, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Painting Identities, La Galeria De Arte Pilar Parra, Madrid, Spain
New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (touring show)

The Walls Have Eyes, Modern Art, London
Forever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Group Painting Show, Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, USA
 Painting as a Foreign Language, Centro Britânico Brasileiro, São Paulo, Brazil

Tailsliding, curated by Stephen Hepworth, British Council Touring Show London
Underground, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Group Show, curated by Pauline Karpidas & Sadie Coles, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece
Beck’s Futures, ICA London (touring show)
Beyond, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland

What Collectors Are Collecting, Exit Art, New York, NY, USA And if there were no stories,
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London Wooden Heart, Avco, London
Paintings, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
British Art 2 (Painting), Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany

Nature/Culture, Gimpel Files / Hales Gallery, London
Glass Border, Danielle Arnaud, London
Idle Wild, Approach Gallery, London Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London British Council,
Touring Print Exhibition Printemps, Deutsch Britische Freundschaft

Habitat Print Project, Habitat (England, France, Germany) Underworld, Australian Council Studios,
London, United Kingdom
Fritz & Betty, Exmouth Market, London
Die Yuppie Scum, Karsten Schubert, London

Gothic, Lost in Space, London
White Trash, Lost in Space, London Transmission Report, Curtain Road, London

Selected Bibliography
Emma Geliot, Semi-Detached, CCQ Magazine, Issue 5, April 2015
Imagining A University, Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection, Exhibition Catalogue

A Tree A Rock A Cloud, Clare Woods touring exhibition Catalogue. 2014-2016
Brask Collection at Munkeruphus, Exhibition Catalogue.
Atmen unter der Landschafts-Maske, Feature in Berliner-Zeitug, November.
Metro, Art on the river, 2nd September.
Evening Standard, TFL takes modern art on the river. 1st September.
Joe Nagle, How to Enjoy Contemporary Art, some explanations to help you. Elgan Publishers.
Steve Marshall, Under the Greenwood, Picturing the British tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson.
Sansom & Company.

Teresa Levonian Cole, Built-In Art, FT Weekend, Saturday Saturday 12 /Sunday 13 October 2013
Yvette Huddleston, Art on the Edges, Yorkshire Post, Saturday August 17th 2013
Anna Moszynska, The Expanded Field Expands Still Further, Art Quarterly, Summer 2013
Dominic Lutyens, Artistic Freewheeling, Financial Times Magazine, 14th May 2013
Torben Sangild, Review, Tildaekkede Ansigter og naturscenerier, Politiken, 12th April 2013
Bete Scavenivs, Review, Billedkunst, Børsen Weekend, 1st March 2013
Wanderlust Catalogue, Contemporary Art Society

Karen Wright, Interview, In the Studio, Clare Woods, Independent, 18.08.2012
Amira Hashish, Interview, Our design London, Olympic image makers, Evening Standard,
August 8th 2012
Sanctuary, British Artisits in their studio, Thames & Hudson
The Roundel, 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, Art/Books
 Industrial Art at 2012 site builds on its past, Metro, 23.01.12, p.27
The Hepworth Wakefield, Art Spaces, Scala Publishers Ltd

Bracewell, Michael & Stephens. Chris, The Unquiet Head, Hepworth Wakefield, exhibition catalogue.
Hastings, Sheena, A larger landscape…and a epic sense of place, Yorkshire Post Interview,
21.11.11 p.3 Farkas, Rebecca, The Unquiet Head, A-N Magazine Review, p.34
Osborne, Sarah, Spirits of the Landscape, A story for children inspired by the paintings of
Clare Woods.
Woods, Clare, Clare Woods on Graham Sutherland’s Black Landscape (1939-1940), Tate Etc,
Issue 23, Autumn 2011 Woods, Clare, Artists on Burra, Pallent House Gallery, Number 25,
October 11- February 12

The Dark Monarch, Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives exhibition catalogue
Bob Nickas, Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting. Phaidon
Dillion, Brian, Disc World, Guardian Review, 24.10.09, p.18

Superstratum, exhibition catalogue, Koraalbery Gallery, Antwerp, Belguim
Hussey, Lauren. Interview: For Display Purposes, October 2008, p.13

Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Catalogue of works, Valencia

Schwabsky, Barry. Deaf Man’s House, Koenig Books – exhibition catalogue
Sherwin, Skye. Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Something Wicked This Way Comes:
Clare Woods, Art Review, Issue 03, September
Sumpler, Helen. Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Time Out London, 13 September
Hogg, Clare Dwyer, Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Living Colour, Independent Newspaper, 9
September, p. 47-48
Coomer, Martin. Review: Deaf Man’s House at Chisenhale Gallery, Art Revew, Issue 05, November
Williams, Gilda. Review: Deaf Man’s House at Chisenhale Gallery, Artforum, Issue XLV, No. 4,
December, p. 325-326
Townsend, Chris. New Art from London, Thames and Hudson
ESENCIAS 11, exhibition catalogue, Coleccion Ernesto Verntos, Arte Internacional
Wright, Karen. Review, Modern Painters, February
Review, Neo 2, February
Modern Painters, February, p. 120

Shuttleworth, Extreme Abstraction, “Make 2′ ” exhibition catalogue, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Herbert, Martin. Feature, Ambient Landscapes, Tate etc, Summer 2005

Monument to Now, exhibition catalogue, Deste Foundation of Contemporary Art
Tufnell, Rob and Saskia Bos. Printed Project, letters from five continents
Forest, exhibition catalogue, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Failed Back, exhibition catalogue, Modern Art
Stay Positive, exhibition catalogue, Marella Arte Cantemporanea, Italy
New British Painting, exhibition catalogue, John Hansard Gallery
Herbert, Martin. Review, Time Out, London, March 17-24, p. 47

Ogilvie, Jen. Review, Time Out, 12 August – 20 August
Review, Art Review, July – August
40 Views of an Icon, Comme des Garcons

Painting as a Foreign Language, exhibition catalogue, Edificio Cultura Inglesa
Hill, Joe. Review. New York: Cohan, Leslie & Browne, Contemporary, December, p. 90-91
Smith, Roberta. Review. The New York Times, October 25, p. E37

Greece, Hydra. The Hydra Workshop, exhibition catalogue
Tail Sliding, touring exhibition catalogue, The British Council
London Underground, exhibition catalogue, Sungkok Art Museum, Korea Beck’s Futures,
exhibition catalogue, published by ICA
McFarland, Dale. Review, Frieze, issue 58
Ratnam, Niru. Review, ‘Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting’, The Face, April ‘Masters at Work’,
Review. I-D Magazine – The Aesthetic Issue, May.

British Art Paintings II, exhibition catalogue, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin
The Art Newspaper, Review, no. 108, November
Review. Art, Clare Woods, Evening Standard, 26 October
Allfree, Claire. Review. Art, Clare Woods, Metro Life, Metro, 27 October
Gleadell, Colin. Review. The Power of Paint, Telegraph Magazine, 16 September, p.37 Review.
And if There Were No Stories, Evening Standard, 8 March
Review. Cluster Bomb at Morrison Judd, Flash Art, January – February Bolton, Wil. Review:
Modern Art, Clare Woods, What’s On, January, p. 7 i-D, The Aesthetic issue, no. 197, May

Work in public collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Arts Council Collection, London
British Airways Collection, London
British Council, London
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens Goverment Art Collection, London
Honart Museum, Tehran
The Nation Collection of Wales, Cardiff
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle, UK

Public Commissions
VIA University College, Denmark, permanent large scale painting – 2015
Arken Museum & Edition Copenhagen print commission, November 2014
Transport for London, Art on the River, poster commission. September – October 2014
Worcester University, permanent large scale painting – 2012
Contemporary Art Society/ Olympic Delivery Authority, Permanent Commission for London 2012 Olympic Park Much Wenlock School, Wall commission. 2012
Transport for London, Permanent Commission for Hampstead Heath Train Station – 2011
Transport for London, Poster commission. 2010
Make Architects, Residential Development, London 2005-2007