Clare Menck

CLARE MENCK biography 2017

Clare Menck is a figurative painter specializing in oils. Her passion for painting figures in a landscape setting in or around water is further augmented with a line of self-portraiture often (but not always) swimming. The landscape (especially water) becomes a metaphor for a deeper meaning surrounding the human subjects that inhabit it as if they are players on a natural stage. The artist revels in summery subjects making bathers her focus; Clare is renowned for her delightful painterly treatment of light and colour especially when capturing swimmers in water.
Lately, in a more moody atmospheric vein, Clare has turned to painting hounds by pools in moonlight and occasionally ‘retro’ subjects with some social commentary. Her different themes always have in common an uncanny observation of experienced reality portraying a deep sense of the inner worlds of these human and animal subjects.
Clare Menck is a Master’s graduate from the University of Stellenbosch with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis (UCT). Her retrospective book “Clare Menck: Hidden Life” edited by Stefan Hundt, curator of Sanlam’s Art Collection, travelled the country to major museums and galleries as the accompanying catalogue to her mid-career retrospective celebrating 20 years of painting. Clare was included in the Top 40 selection of the Sanlam Portrait Awards national portrait competition twice (2013 and 2015).
Clare has had two successful cameo solos at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town in 2017 as well as participating in group exhibitions countrywide. Clare also hosted a well- received cameo solo at The Gallery in Riebeeck Kasteel during the Solo Studios weekend there, and more recently a cameo solo in The Victorian House Museum at the Tulbagh Arts Festival 2017. She regularly exhibits new prints at the SA Print Gallery in Woodstock and was represented by SA Print Gallery as well as by 99 Loop Gallery and Dawid Ras Fine Art at the Cape Town Art Fair, the Turbine Art Fair and the Joburg Art Fair (JAF) this year. One of her works hangs in the Iziko Collection and many more in corporate and private collections worldwide.

“Nude suspended in lukewarm turquoise lake” 2017
Oil on wood
30x40cm
R20 000

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“Boy near a stream at dusk (Frederik)” 2017
Oil on Belgian cotton
40x60cm
R28 000

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“Nude sunning herself (Piketberg self-portrait)” 2017
Oil on wood
30x40cm
R20 000

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“Peering into emerald waters (self- portrait near a West Coast Scaffold)”2017

Oil on wood

40x65cm

R30 000

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“Girl with a cobalt blue bay (Frauke near a West Coast ruin)” 2017
Oil on wood
40x60cm
R28 000

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SOLD: “Swimmer in emerald Karoo plaasdam (portrait of Cecile Blevi)” 2015

Oil on canvas

40x60cm

R28 000

 

SOLD: “Nude floating amongst trees (Lourensford self-portrait )”2017

Oil on wood

30x40cm

R20 000

 

SOLD: “Swimmer drifting in emerald waters (Piketberg self-portrait)”2017

Oil on wood

30x40cm

R20 000

 

SOLD:‘Girl in emerald lake (Frauke)” 2017

Oil on wood

30x40cm

R20 000

 

SOLD: “Two greyhounds in the moonlight (self-portrait as a shadow)”2017

Oil on Belgian linen

40x50cm

“Bather in plaasdam (yellow- legged self-portrait)”2017

Oil on wood

40x60cm

R28 000

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SOLD:“Two greyhounds in the moonlight”2017

Oil on Belgian linen

40x50cm

SOLD: “Two greyhounds by a poolside, frolicking in the moonlight”2017

Oil on canvas

80x100cm

“Defying the drought (self-portrait near Papendorp)”2017

Oil on wood

40x60cm

R28 000

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“Little glimmer swimmer (self-portrait)”2017

Oil on wood

20x30cm

R12 000

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