New works from Clare Woods, one of the UK's most important painters

New works from Clare Woods, one of the UK's most important painters

Clare Woods, She Town, 2016 / courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery London & Hong Kong

Victim of Geography at Dundee's DCA is a new series of works made over the last two years

Victim of Geography is a new series of works made over the last two years by Clare Woods which are, in the artist's words, 'a build-up of events and experiences that have informed the works.' Taken from a mixture of sources and personal experiences, Woods works impulsively, selecting her imagery as she finds it: 'it's hard to quantify but I just know when I need to paint a image,' she explains.

Originally trained as a sculptor, Woods is today recognised as one of the UK's most important painters, but her approach to the medium is still distinctly sculptural: 'I'd describe myself as a painter that paints thinking about the object,' she says.

Several of the works at DCA measure 3m x 2m, huge aluminium sheets coated with thick swirls of oil, out of which figures and objects emerge. These larger works are painted flat so Woods can 'really fight with the physicality of the brushes, the amount of paint and the structure.' It's an approach she relishes: 'I can walk up and down the length of the painting allowing my movements of the brush to come from the arm rather than the wrist. Physically I am much more in the painting than when I'm working on a smaller scale.'

Clare Woods: Victim of Geography, DCA, Dundee, Sat 24 Jun–Sun 10 Sep.

Clare Woods: Victim of Geography

A solo show of 13 raw and powerful new paintings.

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