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Free entry to see new work by acclaimed British artist
An exhibition of new work by renowned British painter Clare Woods opens at Coventry's Mead Gallery on January 6, 2018, and runs until March 10, 2018.
Entitled Reality Dimmed, the exhibition features a series of raw and powerful paintings, frequently vast in scale, which have been inspired by photographic images collected by the artist. These images often depict people at their most vulnerable, including in situations of conflict and confinement. Reinterpreted in oil paint using long, curved brushstrokes and sensuous colour, Woods has created paintings which contain an intrinsic tension between reality and abstraction, beauty and its troubling undercurrent of ever-present danger.
The artist works quickly, loading her brushes with paint and applying it to aluminium panels in wide, arcing strokes. Parts of the image are obliterated with paint or stripped away; other sections - often those hidden in the background - are rendered in luminous tones to assume new importance.
Born in Southampton, Clare Woods originally trained as a sculptor. Ideas of form and sculptural language underpin her paintings. Much of her previous work has been inspired by the landscape, but since 2011 her images have increasingly explored the human form.
Woods' work is held in many major international collections including the University Of Warwick, Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park. She currently lives and works in Herefordshire, on the Welsh border.
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed can be seen at Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL from Saturday January 6 to March 10, 2018. Open Monday to Saturday 12noon-9pm, admission free. For more details, see: meadgallery.co.uk. Half hour guided tours with the exhibition curator take place on January 23 (6pm), January 27 (12pm), February 13 (6pm) and February 24 (12pm).
In addition, on January 16 Clare Woods and Karen Lang (Reader in History of Art at the University of Warwick) will discuss the artist's new paintings, with contributions from academics, including Clément Dessy, Johannes Roessler and Jonathan Skinner. Tickets for the event at Mead Gallery at 5.30pm are £4.50.