CLARE GROSSMAN

painter & printmaker

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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

'My work predominately focuses on the search for a personal narrative, an essential energy, the ‘essence’ of a chosen subject or place encapsulated in an emotional response'

 

Working often with a combination of techniques, a final piece may have several layers using experimental methods to produce work that aims to describe movement, the energy found in nature, beautiful light, contrasts of solidity against the mysterious substance of shadows, crispness or warmth of the surrounding air, reflections across a landscape and scars from echoes of the past.

 

A subject visited and understood, whether urban or from the natural environment are habitually used as a personal language to convey a moment in time and a specific note. An exploration of contrasts, a sense of place or character, all are recorded, redrawn & remembered in sketchbooks. Initial drawings are used as a way of understanding the subject & with sketches, the prints and paintings are developed through their stages. Living in a world where urban life and nature are more than ever residing in a precarious balance; it is the agressive beauty of both which holds an empirical emphasis to much of work.  The results are a means of exploration of both technique and subject, where each piece is seen as an opportunity to progress and investigate further, its individual course often revealed in the final completion through the exposure of its underlayers The results visually explore the creative process, an emotionally triggered series of experiences, both felt and surveyed.'

 

MASTER OF ARTS IN FINE ART PRINTMAKING

Camberwell School of Art

 

COLLECTIONS

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Scarborough Museum & Art Gallery

Claridges London

King Abdula University of Science & Technology

Princess Noura University for Women

Langham London

Care International Scotland

Carlton Towers Hotel Knightsbridge

Raffles Makkah Palace Saudi Arabia

Hilton Hotel Paris

The Landmark Hotel London

The Four Seasons Hotel London

DOKAAE Development Saudi Arabia

Southampton Football Club

The Contemporary Art Society for The BUPA art collection

Saudi Royal Family

Art UK

 

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Impress IV Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury, Contemporary Printmaking - invited artist

Greenwich Pritmakers at 40, Watts Gallery Artists Village  Compton

Journies The Printmakers Council, London Print Studio & Jack House Gallery  Portsmouth

The New York Suite, solo exhibition of paintings & printmaking, For Arts Sake  Bond St W5 5AS

Memory, Royal Overseas League House St Jame's Street London

Invited Artist to Douro 9th Biennal Contemporary Printmaking Portugal

The Masters 2017 Monoprint Exhibition Bankside Gallery

Jack House Gallery Portsmouth Prints for Presents with Greenwich Printmakers

Lyrical Notes, The Barbican, exhibition with artist Tim Southall

Pushing Boundaries, Farmleigh Gallery & Dunamaise Arts Centre Ireland 2016

Loosely Bound, Highgate Gallery & Printroom Suffolk

In 2 Parts. Lombard street Gallery Margate

Members Summer Show, London Print Studio Gallery

50 Years of Artist Prints, Bankside Gallery London

Transformation, Cyprus High Commission St James Place London

Rythmic Perception, solo show Aeon Gallery Hampstead

Fifty Fifty, New Ashgate Gallery Farnham

Imprint Contemporary Printmaking Cirencester

Works on Paper, the Barbican

Multiplied, Christies South Kensington

Connections, Cupola Gallery Sheffield

ILTM Cannes, France – invited artist Solo Show  

Grand Designs Olympia  

Freshly Pressed at Craft Central, London

The Bainbridge Open 2014, 2013 & 2011

Highgate – a Reflection in Print, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute 2013

Photographics Great Western Studios London 2013

BITE  Artists Making Prints Mall Galleries 2012

Turn Turn Turn Margate 2012

Pushing Print Margate 2010 & 2011

East Finchley Arts Festival 2011 & 2014

Lost Heritage Gallery K London & Cyprus 2010

 

ARTWORK ALSO SHOWN WITH

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Affordable Art Fairs Battersea & Hampstead

Edinburgh Art Fair

Buy Art Fair Manchester

Landmark Art Fairs Teddington

Printfest Lake District

Reading & Windsor Art Fairs

Penman Art Fairs Chelsea

The Graphic Fine Art Society

The Ridley Art Society

The Ecology Centre

Addisons Advertising Company

Harvey Nichols

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venice 2017

London Print Studio 2016 & 2017

 

PRIZES

The Intaglio Printmaker Prize

The Artist Prize awarded by The Artist Magazine

1st Prize Printmaking awarded by The Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum of Art

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

Director of Studies – Fernside Life Classes  

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery - elected 2016

Member of the Chelsea Arts Club

 

Committee Board Member of the Printmakers Council - from 2009 until 2018

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