Wilde Essex Exhibition
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About the Event
The Essex landscape is traditionally underrated by artists in favour of more classically romantic areas, yet it has classical English beauty. It is being lost through constant building of housing, roads and related sprawling infrastructure at an alarming rate. If people do paint Essex, they do the obviously cute bits and the character, listed buildings.
In this series of work, Clare deliberately works on a small scale in order to ask people to really look, to draw your attention in to quiet, dream-like vistas that first appear relatively empty but if you take the time to really see, are filled with detail and colour.
“I spend a great deal of time outside and every day I see a thousand paintings in the changing shape and light of one cloud, casting shadows on the meadow below; the light in a puddle with birds’ footprints in the mud beneath, in a field that once had a name; the kaleidoscopic colours of a single tree. One star in the early night sky, the wrinkled bark of our ancient boundary oaks, the gentle mists and fog with its land-enfolding shifts and drifts. I am constantly aware of how connected I am to the land, and how insignificant – if I spend the rest of my life painting, I will never have time to come close to trying to evoke the beauty around me. I rarely show my work publicly, tending to work quietly and alone, selling to a growing group of collectors. My work is held in collections across the UK as well as in France, South Africa, across the USA and in Canada and Australia.”