Clare Wilson | The Open College of the Arts

Clare Wilson

My paintings evolve out of a process of layering, removing, reworking and pushing paint to find an inevitable form. The initial chaos of poured paint and expressive brush marks that dominate the early stages of the work are simplified and the uncomfortable and disjointed shapes are dissolved – at least partly, to create stillness. It is a slow process and the results remain indeterminate as the multi layering of muted tones reveal traces and imprints of the origins of the paintings, often submerged in a veiled light. I am not concerned with the monumental or grand but in the detail of a moment, curious shadows, abstract movements, depths and recessions, textures, memories and allowing the unknown to resurface. Boundaries and borders intrigue me, and how chance encounters can interrupt and allow the fragile and unfamiliar to emerge. Although these paintings are not about place, subtle shifts of tone and a restricted palette may refer to the diffused light and intervals of landscape and it’s potential as a space of transition and transformation.

I completed an MA in Fine Art at The University of Leeds in 1996 and a teaching qualification (PGCE-LLS) from The University of Greenwich in 2010. I have gained teaching experience on the Fine Art (painting) courses at Camberwell School of Art, Aberystwyth University and Wimbledon College of Art. I live and work in London and have regularly shown my work in group and solo exhibitions. Recent shows include Ground Control at Elements Art Space, Bath (2012); Spindrift Blessings, a solo exhibition at Barbican Arts Trust (2012) and Divergence a group show of abstract painting at Formans Smokehouse Gallery, London(2010).

I have also been artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Ballinglen Art Foundation.

Examples of my work can be found on my website

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