8 March - 20 April 2024

Clare Woods

Soft Knock
"The detail in the everyday becomes heightened with discomfort; this allows for new ways of seeing the ordinary.”

Cristea Roberts Gallery is delighted to present Soft Knock, a solo exhibition of new works on paper by Clare Woods. Woods utilises the genre of still life and the classical trope of memento mori to explore the vulnerability of life, its fragile boundaries and co-existing tensions.

In a departure from earlier work exploring the human body, Woods’ new collages and prints, from cut flowers to empty stoneware jugs, are seen alongside works depicting loaded skies. Hovering between figuration and abstraction, the works in Soft Knock present us with both the familiar and the uncanny, the gentle and the sinister.

Soft Knock is accompanied by a new episode of the Cristea Roberts Gallery podcast series Making a Mark which delves into the work of the artist.

To register your interest in the new works please contact [email protected].

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To register your interest in the new works please contact [email protected].



Clare Woods in Conversation with Charlotte Mullins

Clare Woods discusses her solo exhibition Soft Knock at Cristea Roberts Gallery with writer and critic, Charlotte Mullins.

Making a Mark with Clare Woods

One of the most important British artists working today on her evolving practice and the tension that runs through works bursting with colour

About the artist

About the artist

Clare Woods was born in Southampton, England, in 1972. She studied for her BA Fine Art at Bath College of Art 1991-94 and for her MA Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, London 1997-99. In 2022, Woods was elected a Royal Academician by The Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2016 Art/Books published the artist’s first monograph. Volume two will be published in Spring 2024.

Clare Woods in her studio, 2023. Courtesy RA and the artist. Photo Anne Purkiss.

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