Clare Maria Wood
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Painting

Whilst studying Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, under the tutelage of Michael Porter, Clare’s passion for creating work inspired by the land was ignited. After a successful career as a Head of Art and Design Clare studied specialist printmaking techniques at the Curwen and was awarded Diploma in printmaking at by Sir Stanley Jones and Chloe Cheese. Clare is now a full time artist.

Dialogue between nature’s elements and its charged exchanges characterize my work. My most recent series of paintings and collagraph prints’, ‘Wild Ocean’, ‘Primordial’ and ‘Strata’ originate from journeys around the West Coast Cornwall, North Yorkshire and the Cambridgeshire Fens. I use ‘plein air’ sketches and photographs as a starting point and back in the studio, whether painting or crafting printing plates, I lets the process of intuition and creative decision-making take over. My finished pieces are semi-abstract, suggesting a breathing landscape and an expressive response to it. When I am painting I work intuitively on several canvases at once. I do not over plan, preferring to respond to the marks I make, allowing each piece to evolve. I work in layers laying on paint and often scraping it back to expose marks beneath, much like the weathered forms or geological strata that inspire me.

 

Printmaking

My recent collagraphs are inspired by prehistoric rock formations, such as Brimham Rocks in Yorkshire, Penwith Moorland stacks and the wide expanses of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands. The hand-cut and shaped plates are made from materials such as plant matter, glues and carborundum grit coated with varnish. I then ink them up using brushes and rollers before putting them through an etching press with somerset paper. I often use two seperate plates to create each print as well as gold/silver and copper leaf to add areas of intense light.

My Events

Spring Art Exhibition at Fowlmere Primary School
8 May 2015 - 20:30 to 10 May 2015 - 17:00
The 17th Annual Spring Art Exhibition
Spring Art Exhibition at Fowlmere Primary School
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SURFACE, COLOUR, DESCRIPTION. An spring exhibition of colourful painting, printmaking, ceramics and glass.
25 Mar 2016 - 19:00 to 15 May 2016 - 18:00
SURFACE, COLOUR, DESCRIPTION. Exhibition at Kunsthuis Gallery, York.
SURFACE, COLOUR, DESCRIPTION. An spring exhibition of colourful painting, printmaking, ceramics and glass.
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RUNNING WITH BRUSHES AT THE PLOUGH
14 Apr 2016 - 18:30 to 8 May 2016 - 16:30
Ten Cambridge Artists collaborate with an international group of watercolourists to raise funds for Care for Casualties
RUNNING WITH BRUSHES AT THE PLOUGH
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COAST an exhibition by The Cambridge 3 at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Cornwall.
Repeats every day until Sat Apr 15 2017.
2 Apr 2017 -
11:00 to 19:00
COAST an exhibition by The Cambridge 3 at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Cornwall.
COAST an exhibition by The Cambridge 3 at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Cornwall.
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July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2017
Cambridge Open Studios 2017
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painting and printmaking.
Enigmatic abstract landscape paintings and hand pulled collagraph prints inspired by familiar elemental forms.
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I combine acrylic paint, collage and metallic leaf. I work on several paintings at once, building up textures and layers with brushes, card, rags and dip pens. I then scrape away areas to reveal earlier historical marks. 

I take a painterly approach to printmaking, preferring to monoprint from each plate, making each outcome completely unique.

I will be exhibiting paintings on canvas and paper and hand pulled collagraphs from my garden studio.