Clare Woods Exhibition Announced

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The Hepworth Wakefield presents an exhibition of new works by British painter Clare Woods from Saturday 22 October 2011 until Sunday 29 January 2012.

These paintings have been newly commissioned as part of the gallery’s temporary exhibitions programme that runs in parallel to its permanent collection displays.

Measuring up to 10 metres long and 6 metres high, Clare Woods’ works respond to the architectural scale of the gallery spaces and explore her close affinity to the work of 20th century British artists with an interest in the landscape and natural forms.

Clare Woods says: “I’m very excited to be working with The Hepworth Wakefield, this is a unique opportunity to be able to make new work on an ambitious scale in response to not only an amazing building and fascinating landscape but also incredible collection of sculpture and painting.”

Her photographs taken at Brimham Rocks and Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire are a starting point for Woods’ paintings, which exploit her fascination with the elemental power of the landscape and our emotional relationship to it. Visually ambiguous, disturbing and claustrophobic in their detail, Woods’ large-scale works transcribe what she sees as magical elements ofthe landscape, such as rock formations, natural pools and twisted vegetation. She uses abstract and figurative details that are united by overlying webs of paint and multiple layers of enamel to create luscious, reflective surfaces on aluminium.