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Clare Woods
Born in Southampton, 1972


1997-1999 MA Fine Art, Goldsmith’s College, London
1991-1994 BA Fine Art, Bath College of Art, Bath

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
         Rehumanised, Simon Lee, Hong Kong
         English Habits, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2017 Victim of Geography, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK
2016 The Sleepers, Pallant House Gallery, Two person exhibition with Des Hughes 
         Solo exhibition at Plymouth Art Center, curated by Ben Borthwick 
         Three Person Show, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, Scotland 
         Print Commission, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 
2015 A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud, On Tour - Oriel-y-Parc, Wales, Wales,
         with Graham Sutherland works from The National Collection Of Wales
         A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud, On Tour - Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Wales,
         with John Piper works from The National Collection Of Wales
         The Drama Triangle, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Large Scale Painting Commission, VIA University College, Denmark
2014 A Rock, A Tree, A Cloud: A Curated show with works from the Davies Collection,
         The National Collection Of Wales - Oriel Davies, Wales
         Hanging, Hollows and Holes, Andre Buchman, Berlin
         Monument, Large Scale Litho Prints, Mascalls Gallery, Kent
         New works, Rebecca Chami Gallery, Athens, Greece
2013 New works, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, March - April 2013
         Eve Rothschild/Clare Woods, New works, The New Art Centre, Salisbury, May - July 2013
         The Seven Eggs, Large Scale Litho Prints, Harewood House, Yorkshire, July - September 2013
2012 The Dark Matter, Southampton City Art Gallery
         The Bad Neighbour, Modern Art, London
         The Dark Matter, Andre Buchman, Berlin
         Carpenter’s Curve & Brick Field, Permanent Commission for London 2012 Olympic Park
2011 The Unquiet Head, The Hepworth Wakefield
         Evenings Hill, Permanent Commission for Hampstead Heath Train Station
2009 Cemetery Bends, Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain
         Watercolours, André Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2008 The Prospect, The New Art Centre, Salisbury
         Monster Field, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
         The Dancing Mania, André Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2007 Jiri Svetska Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
         Art Basel – Art Unlimited, Switzerland
         Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
         Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece
2006 Deaf mans House, The Chisenhale Gallery, London
         Pilar Parra Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain
2004 Modern Art, London
         Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2003 The Walls Have Eyes, Eva Rothschild/Clare Woods Modern Art, London 2002
         Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, USA
2000 Modern Art, London
1997 New Paintings, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
         Recent Paintings, Habitat, Kings Road, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 A Place on the Table, Plas Gyn-y-Weddw, Wales
         History in the Making, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
         Destroyed by Shadows, Liverpool University Gallery, Liverpool
         Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Paul Morisson Studio, Sheffield
2017 A Green and Pleasant Land: British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970’s to Now, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Poster Girls, A Century of Art & Design, London Transport Museum, London

        31 Woman, Breese Little, London
New Beginnings, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016 Zeichnung, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin

         Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London

         Natural States,Three Person Show, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, Scotland
2015 Happy Valleys, Three Person show of New works & Print Commission, Gallerie Simpson,
         Swansea, Wales
         Imagining A University, Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection
2014 Detached and Timeless: Contemporary Artists inspired by nature and the spirit of place.
         The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.
         Wales Visitation: Poetry Romanticism and Myth in Art, The National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales
         Leaping the Fence, Hestercombe House, Somerset
2012/2013 A Fresh Look at Landscape, Oriel y Parc, St Davids, Wales
         Under the Greenwood, picturing British trees, Southampton City Art Gallery
         Creates Aber Communities, Arken Museum, Denmark
         Contested Ground, Leeds Art Gallery
2010/2011 Creating The New Century, Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, The Dayton Art
         Institute, Dayton, OH, USA Palm Paintings, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
         Exhibitionism: The Art of Display, East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art,
         Somerset House, London 2009/2010
         Topographies, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
         The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, St Ives; touring to:
         Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne
         Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle (National Trust), Herefordshire
2008/2009 Monuments With A Horizon Line II, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
         Superstratum, Galerie Koraalberg, Antwerp, Belgium
         M25: Around London, curated by Barry Schwabsky, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
         Fringes of Abstraction, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006/2007 Wood for the Trees and the Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London
         John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
         Esencias 11, Fundacion Municipal de Cultura, Vallaloid, Spain
2004/2005 Chambres à Part, Sezz Hotel,curated by Laurence Dreyfus, Paris, France
         Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
         Stay Positive, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
         Painting Identities, La Galeria De Arte Pilar Parra, Madrid, Spain
         New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
         Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (touring show)
2002/2003 The Walls Have Eyes, Modern Art, London
         Forever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
         Group Painting Show, Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, USA
         Painting as a Foreign Language, Centro Britânico Brasileiro, São Paulo, Brazil 2001
         Tailsliding, curated by Stephen Hepworth, British Council Touring Show London
         Underground, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
         Group Show, curated by Pauline Karpidas & Sadie Coles, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece
         Beck’s Futures, ICA London (touring show)
         Beyond, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
2000 What Collectors Are Collecting, Exit Art, New York, NY, USA And if there were no stories,
         Stephen Friedman Gallery, London Wooden Heart, Avco, London
         Paintings, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
         British Art 2 (Painting), Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany 1998/1999
         Nature/Culture, Gimpel Files / Hales Gallery, London
         Glass Border, Danielle Arnaud, London
         Idle Wild, Approach Gallery, London Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London British Council,
        Touring Print Exhibition Printemps, Deutsch Britische Freundschaft 1996/1997
         Habitat Print Project, Habitat (England, France, Germany) Underworld, Australian Council Studios,
         London, United Kingdom
         Fritz & Betty, Exmouth Market, London
         Die Yuppie Scum, Karsten Schubert, London
1994/1995 Gothic, Lost in Space, London
         White Trash, Lost in Space, London Transmission Report, Curtain Road, London

Selected Bibliography
2015 Emma Geliot, Semi-Detached, CCQ Magazine, Issue 5, April 2015
         Imagining A University, Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection, Exhibition Catalogue
2014 A Tree A Rock A Cloud, Clare Woods touring exhibition Catalogue. 2014-2016
         Brask Collection at Munkeruphus, Exhibition Catalogue.
         Atmen unter der Landschafts-Maske, Feature in Berliner-Zeitug, November.
         Metro, Art on the river, 2nd September.
         Evening Standard, TFL takes modern art on the river. 1st September.
         Joe Nagle, How to Enjoy Contemporary Art, some explanations to help you. Elgan Publishers.
         Steve Marshall, Under the Greenwood, Picturing the British tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson.
         Sansom & Company. 2013
         Teresa Levonian Cole, Built-In Art, FT Weekend, Saturday Saturday 12 /Sunday 13 October 2013
         Yvette Huddleston, Art on the Edges, Yorkshire Post, Saturday August 17th 2013
         Anna Moszynska, The Expanded Field Expands Still Further, Art Quarterly, Summer 2013
         Dominic Lutyens, Artistic Freewheeling, Financial Times Magazine, 14th May 2013
         Torben Sangild, Review, Tildaekkede Ansigter og naturscenerier, Politiken, 12th April 2013
         Bete Scavenivs, Review, Billedkunst, Børsen Weekend, 1st March 2013
         Wanderlust Catalogue, Contemporary Art Society
2012 Karen Wright, Interview, In the Studio, Clare Woods, Independent, 18.08.2012
         Amira Hashish, Interview, Our design London, Olympic image makers, Evening Standard,
         August 8th 2012
         Sanctuary, British Artisits in their studio, Thames & Hudson
         The Roundel, 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, Art/Books
         Industrial Art at 2012 site builds on its past, Metro, 23.01.12, p.27
         The Hepworth Wakefield, Art Spaces, Scala Publishers Ltd
2011 Bracewell, Michael & Stephens. Chris, The Unquiet Head, Hepworth Wakefield, exhibition catalogue.
         Hastings, Sheena, A larger landscape...and a epic sense of place, Yorkshire Post Interview,
         21.11.11 p.3 Farkas, Rebecca, The Unquiet Head, A-N Magazine Review, p.34
         Osborne, Sarah, Spirits of the Landscape, A story for children inspired by the paintings of
         Clare Woods.
         Woods, Clare, Clare Woods on Graham Sutherland’s Black Landscape (1939-1940), Tate Etc,
         Issue 23, Autumn 2011 Woods, Clare, Artists on Burra, Pallent House Gallery, Number 25,
         October 11- February 12
2009 The Dark Monarch, Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives exhibition catalogue 
         Bob Nickas, Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting. Phaidon
         Dillion, Brian, Disc World, Guardian Review, 24.10.09, p.18
2008 Superstratum, exhibition catalogue, Koraalbery Gallery, Antwerp, Belguim
         Hussey, Lauren. Interview: For Display Purposes, October 2008, p.13
2007 Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Catalogue of works, Valencia
2006 Schwabsky, Barry. Deaf Man’s House, Koenig Books – exhibition catalogue
         Sherwin, Skye. Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Something Wicked This Way Comes:
         Clare Woods, Art Review, Issue 03, September
         Sumpler, Helen. Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Time Out London, 13 September
         Hogg, Clare Dwyer, Review: Chisenhale Gallery, Living Colour, Independent Newspaper, 9
         September, p. 47-48
         Coomer, Martin. Review: Deaf Man’s House at Chisenhale Gallery, Art Revew, Issue 05, November
         Williams, Gilda. Review: Deaf Man’s House at Chisenhale Gallery, Artforum, Issue XLV, No. 4,
         December, p. 325-326
         Townsend, Chris. New Art from London, Thames and Hudson
         ESENCIAS 11, exhibition catalogue, Coleccion Ernesto Verntos, Arte Internacional
         Wright, Karen. Review, Modern Painters, February
         Review, Neo 2, February
         Modern Painters, February, p. 120
2005 Shuttleworth, Extreme Abstraction, “Make 2' ” exhibition catalogue, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
         Herbert, Martin. Feature, Ambient Landscapes, Tate etc, Summer 2005
2004 Monument to Now, exhibition catalogue, Deste Foundation of Contemporary Art
         Tufnell, Rob and Saskia Bos. Printed Project, letters from five continents
         Forest, exhibition catalogue, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
         Failed Back, exhibition catalogue, Modern Art
         Stay Positive, exhibition catalogue, Marella Arte Cantemporanea, Italy
         New British Painting, exhibition catalogue, John Hansard Gallery
         Herbert, Martin. Review, Time Out, London, March 17-24, p. 47
2003 Ogilvie, Jen. Review, Time Out, 12 August – 20 August
         Review, Art Review, July – August
         40 Views of an Icon, Comme des Garcons
2002 Painting as a Foreign Language, exhibition catalogue, Edificio Cultura Inglesa
         Hill, Joe. Review. New York: Cohan, Leslie & Browne, Contemporary, December, p. 90-91
         Smith, Roberta. Review. The New York Times, October 25, p. E37
2001 Greece, Hydra. The Hydra Workshop, exhibition catalogue
         Tail Sliding, touring exhibition catalogue, The British Council
         London Underground, exhibition catalogue, Sungkok Art Museum, Korea Beck’s Futures,
         exhibition catalogue, published by ICA
         McFarland, Dale. Review, Frieze, issue 58
         Ratnam, Niru. Review, ‘Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting’, The Face, April ‘Masters at Work’,
         Review. I-D Magazine - The Aesthetic Issue, May.
2000 British Art Paintings II, exhibition catalogue, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin
         The Art Newspaper, Review, no. 108, November
         Review. Art, Clare Woods, Evening Standard, 26 October
         Allfree, Claire. Review. Art, Clare Woods, Metro Life, Metro, 27 October
         Gleadell, Colin. Review. The Power of Paint, Telegraph Magazine, 16 September, p.37 Review.
         And if There Were No Stories, Evening Standard, 8 March
         Review. Cluster Bomb at Morrison Judd, Flash Art, January – February Bolton, Wil. Review:
         Modern Art, Clare Woods, What’s On, January, p. 7 i-D, The Aesthetic issue, no. 197, May

Work in public collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Arts Council Collection, London
British Airways Collection, London
British Council, London
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens Goverment Art Collection, London
Honart Museum, Tehran
The Nation Collection of Wales, Cardiff
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle, UK

Public Commissions
VIA University College, Denmark, permanent large scale painting - 2015
Arken Museum & Edition Copenhagen print commission, November 2014
Transport for London, Art on the River, poster commission. September - October 2014
Worcester University, permanent large scale painting - 2012
Contemporary Art Society/ Olympic Delivery Authority, Permanent Commission for London 2012 Olympic Park Much Wenlock School, Wall commission. 2012
Transport for London, Permanent Commission for Hampstead Heath Train Station - 2011
Transport for London, Poster commission. 2010
Make Architects, Residential Development, London 2005-2007