May 11, 2019
Clara Adolphs is a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with her work Rosemary Laing and Geoff Kleem (in their garden) oil on linen 125x156 cm.
The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.
This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.
February 28, 2019
After receiving a record-breaking 482 entries this year and careful deliberation from the judges, the Glover Prize has announced its 42 finalists for 2019. These finalists represent the Judges’ selection of the best artworks of the Tasmanian landscape, chosen from the 482 entrants coming from every Australian state and territory, as well as a number of submissions from New Zealand, Italy, and the United Kingdom. These 42 artworks will be on display at the Glover Prize Exhibition at Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania during March this year.
The judges for the Glover Prize 2019 are Art Fairs Australia CEO and director, Barry Keldoulis; Sydney artist Joan Ross; and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) director, Janet Carding. The judges next task is to carefully narrow down the 42 finalists to choose the winner of the $50,000 cash prize. After its display at the exhibition, the John Glover Society Inc. will acquire the winning artwork for its collection.
Clara Adolph's work The Sea has been selected as one of the finalists. The exhibition commences on the March long-weekend, running from Saturday the 9th of March, 2019 and continuing until the end of the following weekend on Sunday the 17th of March, 2019, at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale.
January 20, 2019
John McDonald highlights Clara Adolphs practice in the Good Weekend Magazine:
'Clara Adolphs is not the first artist to be fascinated by the old photographs one finds in flea markets and junk shops. These faded snapshots, intended to immortalise loved ones and special events, have become mysteries, as we cannot identify people and places. Nevertheless it's easy to recall similar holidays and family outings, and enjoy a sense of familiarity.
It's in the nature of snapshots to concentrate on moments of leisure, and this is reflected in paintings such as Sunbather, where a woman relaxes in a deck chair, or Daylight Hours (pictured), in which three figures lie stretched out on the grass.'
January 8, 2019
Clara Adolphs lated work has been reviewed in the current issue of Art Collector magazine in their 'Collectors Love' section:
'Clara Adolphs often bases her paintings on old photographs and images from the newspaper but in Too Early to Sleep, her solo exhibition at Chalk Horse in Sydney last year, it was holiday snaps. The centrepiece was a large painting of the same name. A line dragged through wet paint marked the crags of a mountain ridge. Below it, patches without any paint at all told of the bright snow on its slopes – making Too Early to Sleep feel like an over-exposed photograph; an artefact from someone else’s life.'
September 29, 2017
Clara Adolphs has won the Mosman Art Prize Emerging Artist Award for her portrait Sal, 2017 for her portrait of artist and friend Sally Anderson. This is the second time Clara has been awarded the prize.
Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.
Clara Adolphs Sal, 2017, oil on linen, 83 x 67cm
September 20, 2017
Clara Adolphs is currently in exhibition with The Clayton Utz Art Partnership which is a collaborative six month initiative between artist and office. The Program invites Clara to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Clayton Utz office in Sydney to explore and develop her individual practice. Clara is also joined by artist Wendy Sharpe.
July 22, 2017
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to announce young Australian artist Clara Adolphs is the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.
The Breuer Foundation established the scholarship two years ago, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, to support young Australian female artists for the purpose of travel to and study in Paris. The scholarship commemorates the late Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a significant contribution to Australian art for over three decades.
As the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Adolphs will take up a three-month residency at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio in Paris. The scholarship awards Adolphs a $25,000 stipend for living and travel expenses associated with the residency.
Based in Bundanoon in NSW, Adolphs collects old photographs as inspiration for her paintings that explore notions of memory and time. The pastel tones and impasto surfaces of Adolphs’s works re-interpret abandoned memories, imbuing them with fresh narratives and context.
Adolphs’s portrait of actor and musician Terry Serio was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize and she has also been a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012.
The Paris residency will present Adolphs the opportunity to embark on a new and ambitious body of work while closely observing the techniques of some of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world.
“My plan for Paris is to create larger and more immersive scenes in painting. Up until this point I have worked at a relatively small scale and this residency will be the impetus to change that while immersed in the finest works throughout history,” Adolphs said.
“The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will also provide unique opportunities to research anonymous photography which is the current foundation of my work. Located in Paris is the Galerie Lumière des Roses which is dedicated to anonymous amateur photography – this will be top of my list to spend time at during the residency,” Adolphs added.
May 8, 2017
Clara Adolphs was a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize in 2016 with her portrait of Terry Serio.
Terry Serio is a well-known actor and a musician. ‘I have been getting to know Terry over the last couple of years since my boyfriend Simon Relf started a band with him called Oh Reach,’ says Clara Adolphs. ‘Terry is a commanding and intriguing presence on stage. He also has an amazing face.
‘I don’t often paint from life. My usual practice and interest lie in abandoned old photographs. I liked the idea that Terry was an actor and that, together, we could create a scene for a painting, like one of the photographs I often use as a reference. I had him sit for me on the front porch of his beautiful old home, with his motorbike in the front yard.
‘Over the week or so that it took to paint this scene, it became clear that the most interesting part of the painting was Terry himself. So I discarded the props. However, I think they played an important role in the making of the final portrait.’ Clara Adolphs 2016
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