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Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. We can see three paintings at a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad.

Clare Woods

Victim of Geography

24 June - 10 September 2017

Clare Woods’ exhibition Victim of Geography was a solo show of raw and powerful new paintings. These vast oil-painted aluminum sheets, the largest measuring 3 x 2 metres, punctuated DCA’s light and spacious galleries.

 

Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. A painting to the right shows a figure's upper body and head in an abstracted style. The paint strokes are bold and broad.

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.

 

Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. A painting to the left in bright green shows a figure's upper body and head in an abstracted style. The paint strokes are bold and broad. To the right in similar colours is a second painting.

A new book was published to document this exhibition in our galleries. The publication was inspired by Clare Woods’ research into The South Polar Times - a series of publications produced by Captain Scott and his team during their expedition to the Antarctic on Dundee’s RSS Discovery. The dimensions and aesthetic were drawn from this collection of one-off, hand-typed and illustrated publications that helped to give Scott and his team a focus and coping mechanism during the hardships and isolation of their long journey. 

The publication includes an introduction by Beth Bate, alongside two newly commissioned pieces of writing by Anouchka Grose and R.W. Paterson in response to the work of Clare Woods. It includes full colour images of the twelve new paintings that formed her solo exhibition, as well as images of source material from the artist’s studio. It is available to buy from DCA Shop.

Artist Interview | Clare Woods: Victim of Geography

Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. To the left is a painting mostly in white of a clownish face with dark eyebrows and bright red lips.On the right is a mostly yellow painting of a figure's upper body. The paint strokes are bold and broad.

About the artist

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.

Exhibition images

Installation view of Gallery2 with bright natural light and white walls. We can see four paintings from a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of a gallery with bright natural light and white walls. We can see two paintings from a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of a gallery with bright natural light and white walls. We can see four paintings from a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad. A few people look at the paintings, dispersed through the gallery.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of a gallery with bright natural light and white walls. We can see three paintings from a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of a gallery with bright natural light and white walls. We can see three paintings from a distance. The paint strokes are bold and broad. A few people look at the paintings, dispersed through the gallery.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. To the left is a painting mostly in white of a clownish face with dark eyebrows and bright red lips.On the right is a mostly yellow painting of a figure's upper body. The paint strokes are bold and broad.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. A painting to the left in bright green shows a figure's upper body and head in an abstracted style. The paint strokes are bold and broad. To the right in similar colours is a second painting.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.
Installation view of Gallery 1 with bright natural light and white walls. A painting to the right shows a figure's upper body and head in an abstracted style. The paint strokes are bold and broad.
Photograph by Ruth Clark.