Clare is a fine art printmaker based in Derby, UK. Creating empowering portraits using linocut and screenprint that encourage reflection, empathy and calm.
Clare has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating with a Fine Art degree in 2005. She most recently won the surface gallery printmaking prize at the Derby print open leading to a solo show in 2019.
Clare's artistic explorations over the last few years following a cancer diagnosis and subsequent stem cell transplant led her to the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi. It is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. We are reminded of this in nature which has been the main influence in her most recent series of artworks.
Wabi-Sabi reflects the art of living, Clare says 'it helps me to be more present and let go of the need to have complete control- which is always an illusion.'
The figures show strength, hope and vulnerability. The use of colour, expression and composition are intended to act as reminders, allowing us to reflect and take from it what we need.
The handmade process of lino printing leads to small imperfections which add beauty and individuality to each print in an edition and is something I love. Clare deliberately leaves ‘chatter’ which are the marks in the negative space that reveals the process of carving, showing evidence of the artist's hand, capturing life and energy and embracing the beauty of the imperfection.
A collection of linocut prints, ink drawings and screenprints.