Clare is a Saltaire based artist and printmaker whose work is inspired by her travels to some of the world’s greatest cities, many of which she returns to again and again drawing on new ideas each time. Her collection includes Paris, Venice, New York, Rome, Prague, Istanbul and Sydney.
Most recently she has visited Philadelphia, San Francisco and Reykjavik, the magic of each location being recreated in Clare’s distinctive and illustrative style of working. She produces mixed-media paintings, original handmade prints and cards which are exhibited throughout the U.K. Closer to home Clare has turned her attention to the historic Shambles of York, Hebden Bridge, County Arcade in Leeds, Saltaire Village and the North Yorkshire’s coastal towns and villages; Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay.
Drawing has always been a very important part of Clare’s work. She is fascinated by architecture be it the Midtown skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Grand Canal in Venice or simply capturing Parisian life outside a bustling pavement café. Clare works in a variety of media: watercolour, acrylic, collage, pencil, dip pen & ink. She also takes lots of photographs and picks up all sorts of odds and ends on her travels from menu’s to postcards and local newspapers, anything that will help to conjure a memory or spark her imagination. Using her preparatory sketches and drawings she tries to work as spontaneously as possible in order to maintain lively and energetic line work.
Clare’s love of drawing lends itself perfectly to her work as a printmaker. Screenprinting allows Clare to transfer her lively sketchbook drawings produced whilst on location onto both paper and canvas enabling her prints to maintain this great sense of spontaneity. In some of her screenprints, Clare has combined original handpainted acrylic, watercolour and pencil with her line drawing then screenprinted over the top, resulting in each one made being a truly individual piece in itself.
Clare also produces drypoints, which is a method of intaglio printmaking. Clare creates her ‘drawings’ by scratching out her compositions directly onto a metal plate, which achieves a rich velvety line quality. Clare produces her handmade prints at West Yorkshire Print Workshop where she also teaches screenprint courses.
Clare is inspired by the very early work of Stephen Wiltshire. The architectural drawings he produced in his childhood have a very loose and fluid quality, they’re very beautiful and expressive (and very accurate considering they were drawn from memory!). She also loves Lucinda Roger’s drawings from her travel journals of New York and London and the book illustrations by Portland based Carson Ellis.
The Yorkshire Gallery adores Clare’s work, whether it’s a piece produced from her globetrotting or one simply done after walking the local streets of Hebden Bridge or Haworth and we hope you appreciate her style too.