A TREE A ROCK A CLOUD- Exhibition Catalogue

Forwarded by Nicholas Thornton, Head of Fine Art National Museum of Wales
Articles in the catalogue are authored by Simon Martin, Co-Director Pallant House Gallery.
Publisher Oriel Davies Gallery
Publishing Date 2015 Softcover
Texts are in English and Welsh

ISBN 978-1-870797-90-0

Marking Clare Wood’s first solo exhibition in Wales; the publication illustrates works from the exhibition A Tree A Rock A Cloud. This exhibition launched at Oriel Davies in September 2014 represents a significant new body of work and a defining moment in the artist’s practice bringing together work that takes into consideration the traditional subjects of landscape, still life and portraiture alongside selected key works chosen from the collections of the National Museum of Wales. The Rabbit (1881) by Edouard Manet, Frozen Ponds (1953) by John Nash and Philip Jones-Griffiths photograph Civilian Victim, Vietnam (1967) all resonated with existing themes and interests in Woods’ work. In the autumn 2015 A tree A Rock A Cloud tours to Oriel Plas Gyn-y-Weddw and then moves south to Oriel y Parc, St David. In these new locations Woods’ paintings will be seen in the new contexts of the surrounding landscape and also by the inclusion of new work from the National Collection. At Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw the work will be shown alongside an exhibition of John Piper’s Snowdonia landscapes and in St Davids the paintings will be closely integrated with the work of Graham Sutherland. Exploring these genres through these key works and Woods’ own paintings, the artist creates remarkable compositions that reveal tensions between solid form and hollow space, playing with foreground and background, gravity and mass to set up curious and unsettling situations. To accompany the printed work illustrated within this catalogue the publication includes an introduction by Nicholas Thornton, Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales and an essay by Simon Martin, co-director of Pallent House Gallery.

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