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Clare Woods - King of Finland - 150 x 100 cm Oil on Aluminium 2014. Image courtesy the artist. Clare Woods - King of Finland - 150 x 100 cm Oil on Aluminium 2014. Image courtesy the artist.

Oriel Davies 06 September - 05 November 2014

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 6 September 2014 5-8pm Featuring Clare Woods in conversation with Mandy Fowler, co-curator of A Tree A Rock A Cloud, from 5-6pm. Followed by opening 6-8pm with Nicholas Thornton, Head of Fine Art, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. Refreshments

Oriel Daviespresents significant new works by acclaimed artist Clare Woods in her first large-scale solo exhibition in Wales. A Tree A Rock A Cloud represents a defining moment in the artist s practice bringing together work that takes into consideration the traditional subjects of landscape, still life and portraiture alongside three key works from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. Selected by the artist, these include The Rabbit by Edouard Manet (1881) and Frozen Pond by John Nash (1953), both from the Davies Sisters collection, alongside the photograph Civilian Victim, Vietnam (1967) by Philip Jones Griffiths.

Exploring these genres through these three key works and Woods own paintings, the artist creates remarkable compositions that reveal tensions between solid form and hollow space, playing with foreground and background, gravity and mass to set up curious and unsettling situations.

Woods has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and America and her work is represented in major collections including Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales which purchased Hill of Hurdles, 2010. She has recently had solo exhibitions in Denmark, Leeds, London, Athens, Madrid and Berlin.

The exhibition opening on 6 September will feature an artist talk in conversation with Mandy Fowler, Co-Curator with Oriel Davies for A Tree A Rock A Cloud.