About Clare Blois
CLARE BLOIS ran her own successful gallery in the Highlands before "retiring" to concentrate on the development of her own work. She originally studied textiles and painting with the Open College of the Arts and has won several accolades including the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter. She has been an invited artist at the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London, and exhibits widely in Scotland and beyond.
"I believe that that there is creativity in everyone, and I am fortunate to have discovered painting as the vehicle for mine. (I also like to cook, and there are many parallels). It occurs to me that whilst artists are expected to write a "statement" to explain their work and thought process in words, there is, unfairly, no requirement for an author to personally illustrate their book, however obscure the text! Nonetheless, for those kindly taking time to look at my paintings, I am happy to follow convention:
I am a landscape painter and in the tradition of many Scottish artists I am inspired by the physical qualities of oil paint and the possibilities it provides in terms of colour, movement and texture. I am completely in awe of the astonishing forces of nature here in the Highlands and I like to get out amongst them, working en plein air as much as I can, often coming home with plentiful small oil or watercolour sketches which are the starting point larger works in the studio.
My finished works are not primarily about the locations that inspired them (whose names I usually forget) but more about what I felt when I was there on that day. The painting also needs to stand apart from any source or connotations as a satisfying visual combination of canvas, composition and paint.
I work fast and largely instinctively and I generally put on a lot of paint and remove even more. I have been described as a "gestural colourist who enjoys moving paint around the canvas". Well, that's what painting is, and I suppose a bit of gesturing often comes into it!
My simple and sincere objective is for honesty in my work in making paintings that convey the exhilaration I feel as I explore the Highland land, sea, wind, rain and sun. I am thrilled if others can feel it too, but it requires no analysis or justification. I am a painter, not a writer."
Clare works both from her home near Beauly and her studio at the new Inverness Creative Academy (WASPS). See the Contact page for details.
SUMMARY of SELECTED EXHIBITIONS etc:
Eden Court, Inverness
Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly
2003 and 2004: Inverness City "Best Artist" Award (public vote)
2004: Fergusson Gallery, Perth, awarded solo exhibition
Castle Gallery, Inverness
Affordable Art Fair, London
Glasgow Art Fair
Aberdeen Artists Exhibition
Edinburgh Contemporary Art Fair
Peacock Printers Gallery, Aberdeen
Milton Gallery, Banchory
Highlands Open Studios Exhibition (fine art prize)
Limetree Gallery, Fort William
Greens & Blues Gallery, North Berwick
Ealain Gallery, Stirling
Resipole Gallery, Archaracle
Nairn Book & Arts Fair , generally annually
Solo Exhibition,”Drift”: Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis
Jerdan Gallery, Crail
Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
Tore Art Gallery
Iona Gallery, Oxfordshire
Joint Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery
Macgregor Fine Arts, Glasgow
The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
Strathpeffer Art Fair, annually
Discerning Eye, London 2012 (invited artist)
The Velvet Easel Gallery, Edinburgh
Bealach Gallery, Kishorn
Highwayman's Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
"Moving Mountains" - Selected exhibition/competition, An Ealdhain, Fort William
Canvas Gallery, Winchester
New Forest Arts Centre
Sherfield School Gallery
UHI Campus, Inverness
Redcastle Art Group, Cromarty Stables
Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith
Corner on the Square, Beauly
Claire Innes Gallery, Fort William 2018
Ardconnel Court, Inverness 2018
Borders Art Fair, Kelso 2018
Nairn Book and Arts Fair 2018
Castle Gallery, Inverness 2018
Aberfeldy Gallery 2018
Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis 2018
Torridon Gallery 2018
Redcastle Art Group, Cromarty Stables, annually
Gallery 48, Cromarty 2018
Holroyd Gallery, Ballachulish 2018
Laundry Gallery, Aviemore 2018
Moray Arts Centre, Winter 2018
Clare has contributed to numerous charity exhibitions including Art in Healthcare,
Highland Hospice, MacMillan, Marie Curie, Sick Kids, Lifespan, etc.
She is happy to discuss commissions, on a no obligation basis.
"Clare Blois is clearly in command of her medium and combines passion and technique in equal measure" (The Times)