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The Bishops

Enamel on aluminium. Meadow Arts Commission 2009.

The Bishops

While walking in the Herefordshire landscape during the last few years, Clare Woods has established a relationship with some of its ancient trees. She has come to perceive them as important personages, worthy of being commemorated like notable ancestors. She has produced this multiple ‘portrait’ of grand old trees, trying to capture that point at the cusp of something changing, as when a plant takes on a human persona.

The subject matter of The Bishops relates directly to the famous John Piper tapestries and was exhibited on the wall directly facing them in the South Transept of Hereford CathedralJohn Piper has been an inspiration and holds a clear influence on Clare’s work.

Clare Woods’ work hovers between representation and abstraction, between precision and accident. Her paintings offer endless possible readings yet they remain grounded in something real; they are familiar and yet somehow uncanny. 

Clare Woods

Clare Woods' works explore what she sees as supernatural elements of the landscape, hovering between representation and abstraction, offering endless possible readings. They are familiar landscapes exploring the undergrowth and yet somehow uncanny, creating an ambiguous and unstable white noise - just like nature.

Clare Woods lives and works in London and Herefordshire. She studied at Bath College of Art and Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and America and her work is represented in major collections. She recently had solo exhibitions in London, Athens, Madrid, Berlin and at the award winning Hepworth Wakefield gallery.

In 2010 Clare Woods was made a fellow of Hereford College of Arts. In 2011 Woods completed a mural for Hampstead Heath Tube Station and in 2012 she undertook a commission for the London Olympic Park.