Clara Adolphs

Clara Adolphs

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

 

Clara Adolphs artworks explore the notion of time and memory, she is fascinated by the question of what remains after a moment as passed. Abandoned photographs are often the starting point for her paintings and the anonymity of the characters intended to afford sentimentality. Adolphs disconnects their identities, in turns allowing for the focus on the indefinable, yet timeless, collective nature of the human experience.

Adolphs uses a palette knife and brushes with a generous amount of paint to create her work, and she “takes much pleasure in surrendering control and allowing the paint to take a life of its own, and I find my practice is a constant quest to find the dynamic balance of texture, mark and line within paint.”

Completing her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2008, Adolphs has since held solo exhibitions throughout Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Clara Adolphs is represented by Chalk Horse in 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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