Emma Geliot's picture


 courtesy of the artist. 


Oriel Davies presents significant new works by visual artist Clare Woods in her first large-scale solo exhibition in Wales, A Tree A Rock A Cloud

A Tree A Rock A Cloud represents a defining moment in Clare Woods' practice, bringing together work that considers the traditional subjects of landscape, still life and portraiture alongside three key works from National Museum Wales. Selected by the artist, these include The Rabbit by Edouard Manet (1881) and Frozen Pond by John Nash (1953), both from the Davies Sisters collection, alongside the photograph Civilian Victim, Vietnam (1967) by Philip Jones Griffiths.

Exploring these genres through her signature painting aesthetic and aided by her sculptural eye the artist creates remarkable compositions that reveal tensions between solid form and hollow space, playing with foreground and background, gravity and mass to set up curious and unsettling situations.

Woods was featured in CCQ issue 5, speaking to the CCQ editor about technical attachment and emotional engagement with her striking paintings. You can read the full interview via issuu.com

The exhibition will feature an artist talk in conversation with Mandy Fowler, Co-Curator with Oriel Davies for A Tree A Rock A Cloud. A programme of learning and participatory activities will accompany the show throughout the exhibition period as part of Oriel Davies' REACH programme.

Clare Woods' solo exhibition, 'A Tree A Rock A Cloud' runs from 6 December 6 March at Oriel Y Parc Landscape Gallery




Image: Sad Lamp, Clare Woods, 2014. 150 x 100cm, oil on aluminium. Photo: courtesy of the artist.