Clare Brodie has been a finalist in numerous Australian art prizes and held her first solo exhibition in 2017. She has been featured in publications including the Sydney Morning Herald and Inside Out Magazine, and her works are held in private collections.
Clare Brodie’s painting practice stems from meditative walks she takes through her local bushland. She draws a sense of peace by deciphering and simplifying the complexities of both the bush and her life. Her works abstractly depict narratives of these walks, where she is looking between the sculptural bush to the sky beyond.
Brightest of Days
Brightest of Days is a series of works that explore the winter landscape observed while on holiday in Orange.
Australia is a country that celebrates summer, however our brightest day is in fact a winter day with liquid blue sky and shimmering foliage.
I did preliminary water colour sketches made on location to record my emotional response to the landscape and light. This helps build the pictorial language repeated throughout the series. Within my studio, canvases begin with vague pencil sketches and free flowing washes. Layers of matte vinyl paint are built up slowly using flat, wide brushes. Vigilant observation leads to incremental adjustments in an obsessive manner. Artworks progress slowly; each new shape altering what went before to create an overall rhythmic harmony.
Recurrent themes of roads and trees, paring back the detail and repeating forms, creates a physical sense of order and harmony for me. Small vignettes are deliberately placed at the edges of the painting to lead the viewer’s eye outwards and beyond. My signature neutral palette is brightened by a combination of intensely saturated colours, often using complimentary schemes. White is intentionally placed to lead the viewer’s eye through the painting.
These works continue my exploration into observational art where purposeful scale and placement creates semi-abstract artworks that still time.
2019 ‘Brightest of Days’ at Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2018 ‘Between and Beyond’ at Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2017 ‘Pathway’ 16-26 Feb at Saint Cloche, Sydney
Group Exhibitions and Art Prizes
2019 KAAF finalist
2019 Hornsby Art Prize
2019 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize ‘Wherever You Go I’ll Go To’ finalist
2019 Lindfield Art Show
2019 alumNOW Art Group Exhibition
2018 Hornsby Art Prize Finalist
2018 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize finalist ‘Woven Leaves’
2017 Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize finalist ‘Last of the Summer Light’
2016 W-Gallery exhibition
2016 Lindfield Art Show- Feature Artist
2016 Mosman Art Prize finalist Diptych ‘Bush Canopy”
2016 Kilgour Art Prize finalist ‘Watching’
2016 City of Ryde Women’s Art Prize finalist ‘Summer Canopy’
2016 alumNOW Art Group Exhibition ‘Dappled Pathway’ & ‘Which Way’
2016 Gordon Group Art exhibition
2016 Balmain Arts and Crafts Show
2016 alumNOW Art Group Exhibition- ‘Which Way’ & ‘Dappled Pathway’
2015 Hornsby Art Prize finalist ‘Dappled Light-Lake Tabourie’
2015 Gordon Group Art exhibition ‘Exploration-Lake Tabourie’
2015 Warringah Art Prize finalist ‘Distant Field Polesden Lacy’
2015 Kogarah Art Prize finalist ‘Beach Road-Lake Tabourie’
2014 Kilgour Art Prize finalist ‘Holiday’
2014 Mosman Art Prize finalist ‘Journey’
2012 Mosman Art Prize finalist ‘Hush’
2012 alumNOW Art Group Exhibition ‘Bird Tree’
2017 September ‘Inside Out’ magazine artist profile
2017 May ‘Financial Review’ artwork with Australian cricketer Eddie Cowan
2017 March ‘The North Shore Times’ Feature Artist for Lindfield Art Show
2016 ‘Newcastle Herald’ – Kilgour Art Prize Finalists
2016 ‘SMH’, Spectrum, The Source by Alexia Big feature ‘Bush Canopy’
2016 ‘The North Shore Times’ featured ‘Evening Light’ for W-Gallery
2006 National Art Summer School, Botanica Exotica- Suzan Archer
2004-2005 Workshop Arts Centre, Acrylic Painting
2003 National Art Summer School, Master Class in Painting – Adam Cullen
1987-1988 Interior Design (Credit), Sydney Technical College
Please note: Clare Brodie’s paintings for her upcoming exhibition are available to pre-purchase