Clara Adolphs

Clara Adolphs

 

b. 1985 Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in the Southern Highlands of NSW

 

Clara Adolph’s work is based on a paradox. Painting as a medium always suggests the here and the now. Adolph’s work, with its gestures of thick paint and graphic strength, feel as if they have just been taken off the studio easel. Even here in the gallery the paintings feel almost as if they are in the process of coalescing on the canvas and foreground their present ness.

The images in Adolphs’ work in contrast are based on collected photographic images of ski resorts, family holidays and summer pools. They represent a past that seems a little more innocent and more elegant of simple pleasures. It seems a lost time.

Yet by painting these images Adolphs is able to bring this past strikingly into our own lives. The nostalgic atmosphere in the work now becomes one of vitality and immediacy. The images almost become heroic. A holiday snap of friends in oil paint becomes connected to the portrait genre; the ski slope becomes a landscape genre painting; the selfie returns again to self portrait. Through mannered colour and carefully chosen compositions the images are made more controlled and complete.

At the same time the sketchiness and expressive stroke of the work makes you feel that the painting is still not quite complete. In many of the works the white canvas shows through as if we have caught the work halfway or as if we have to complete the image somehow in our own minds eye.

The work then embodies a contradiction. It represents in equal measure a response to the past and insistence on the present. As a viewer we oscillate with a buzz between the two.

Adolphs completed her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2008. Since then she has held solo exhibitions throughout Australia. She has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship. In 2017 she was awarded the Eva Breuer Traveling Art Scholarship through the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as the Mosman Art Prize Young Emerging Artist Award. Adolphs is represented by Chalk Horse, Sydney.

 

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Artworks

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Education

2008
Bachelor of Fine Art with Painting and Drawing Major, University of New South Wales

Solo Exhibitions

2019
'Leisure', Sydney Contemporary, Edwina Corlette Gallery
'Close' Chalk Horse, Sydney
2018
‘Familiar Distance’, Mackay Artspace
‘Remembering Words’, Goulburn Regional Gallery
2017
‘Recent Work’, Clayton Utz Sydney, 333 Art Projects
‘Creatures’, Edwina Corlette Gallery
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Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Chalk Horse Gallery + Edwina Corlette Gallery
2017
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
Group Show, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
2016
‘Brett Whiteley Traveling Scholarship Finalist Exhibition’, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
‘Birmingham Street Studios Exhibition’, Art Month, Sydney
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Awards & Prizes

2019
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (finalist)
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (finalist)
Glover Prize, (finalist)
2017
Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Young Emerging Artist Award, Mosman Art Prize
2016
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (finalist)
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Sydney, (finalist)
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Residencies

2018
Residency Cite des Arts, Paris
2017
Residency ArtSpace Mackay, Mackay Regional Gallery
2016
Residency with Leigh Creek, Country Arts, South Australia
Residency with The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
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Publications + Journals

Artist Profile Magazine issue 43 ‘Art finds a new audience’ by Kon Gouriotis & Elli Walsh
Artist Profile Magazine -Online- March 1, 2018 ‘The Clayton Utz Art Partnership’
Vogue Living- January Issue, 2018 – Contributing Artsit
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Collections

ArtBank
Gold Coast City Gallery
Australian Corporate Collection
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