Originally trained as a sculptor, Clare Woods established her reputation with large-scale landscape paintings rendered in enamel on aluminium. Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is now stageing, for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by the London-based artist. For over 15 years Woods’ painting practice has been an exploration of physical form through the materiality of paint.

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Based on photographic source images, her immersive paintings of diverse scale have more recently moved into figurative works rendered in rich hues of oil paint.

With an acute understanding of sculptural language, Woods’ interpretations shift between figuration and abstraction imbuing this central tension with volume, weight and interior mystery. Clare Woods’ source images often of the human form provide a catalyst to delve into what is hidden.

An intuitive exploration of mood, unseen presence and internal expressions are made tangible through the painting process. Metamorphic psychologic states, extremes of feeling and endurance are communicated through painted forms transcending natural appearance.

In looking outwards, expressing strangeness of objects and parts of the body heightened by the sculptural energy, luscious transformative colour and vigour of the applied paint, Woods is also turning inwards within this act of psychically charged defamiliarisation. Rich meditations on the particulars of colour, intentionally ambiguous semi-organic shapes often hover between abstraction and representation with a flowing, fluid energy.