Inflorescence

By Clare Toms

Medium: Oil on panel

Size: 50cm by 105cm

DESCRIPTION


About the Artist

Exhibitions

2017

Solo Exhibition - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.
Loved to Death - Modern Eden, San Francisco USA. 
Romancing the Skull - Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria Australia.
BLAB! 12th Anniversary Show - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Small Works 2017 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia. 



2016
Halcyon - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Memento Mori: Skulls & Bones in Art - Huntington Beach Art Center, California USA.
Small Works 2016 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia. 
Summer Soiree - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Still Life - Reanimating the Inanimate - Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia. 
Art Takes Times Square, New York USA.
Cube Exhibition - Baker+Hesseldenz Gallery, Arizona USA.



2015
Summer Soiree - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
PAIN/TING - Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany.
Exposure Award Digital Exhibition - The Louvre, Paris France.
Winner Lethbridge 10 000 Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.
6x6 - Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Acquisition into Imago Mundi - commissioned by Luciano Benetton, The Benetton Foundation.
Supergraph Graphic Art Fair - Signed & Numbered, Melbourne Australia.


2014
Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Award - Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour Australia.
Finalist Linden Centre for Contemporary Art Postcard Prize, Melbourne Australia.
Halloween - Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.
Supergraph Graphic Art Fair - Signed & Numbered, Melbourne Australia.
Two - Just Another Project Space, Melbourne Australia.


2013
Guise Solo Show -19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.
20th Anniversary Show - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
One - Just Another Project Space, Melbourne.
Mighty Small - Brenda May Gallery, Sydney Australia.
Brisbane Low Brow -Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane.
Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane.
The Art of Cirque du Soleil - 19Karen Contemporary Artspace.


2012
Second Skin - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Fleeting Bonds Solo Show - 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.
Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery Brisbane Australia.
Homage to Hollywood - 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.
The Art of Spain -19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.
Finalist Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Art Prize, Australia.


2011
Trans-Siberian Arts Centre Travelling Exhibition (Beijing to Moscow).
Black Christmas - Copro Gallery Los Angeles USA.
Finalist - Lethbridge 10 000 Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery.
Genesis to Revelations - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Danger Daze Issue 7 - Curated Nick Drake, Brisbane Australia


2010
Finalist - Bowness Photographic Prize -Monash Gallery of Art.
++Finalist - Waterhouse Prize International Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Australia.
Finalist - Stanthorpe Acquisitive Prize, Australia.
++Danger Daze Issue 6 - Curated Nick Drake, Brisbane Australia
++Solo Show ‘Journey’ - Glen Innes Art Gallery, Australia.

2009
<1M - Flipbook Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
Segundo Aniversario - 5DMayo Experimental, QRO Mexico.
CollecART - Museo Juguete Antiguo México, Mexico City.
Introducing II - Brenda May Gallery, Danks St, Sydney.


2008
Sneaker Culture - Flipbook Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
BARI Brisbane Artist Run Initiative – KILN Gallery, Brisbane.
We Make Good Pets - Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Memento Mori - Brenda May Gallery, Danks St, Sydney.
Behind Glass - KILN Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
Tingalpa – Project Gallery QCA, Brisbane, Australia.
Still Life - Brenda May Gallery, Danks St, Sydney, Australia.
Brisscapes - Flipbook Gallery, Brisbane Australia.


2007
Exit Strategy – Queensland College of Art Brisbane, Australia.
Glen Archies Portrait Prize - Glen Innes Gallery, Australia.
One Night Only - Project Gallery QCA, Brisbane, Australia.


2006
Emerge - Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia.
Moving Art - New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale.

Awards

2018 Finalist - Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Australia. 
2015 Winner - Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2014 Finalist - Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, Australia.
2014 Finalist - Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Postcard Prize, Melbourne.
2014 Finalist - Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 Finalist - Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2012 Highly Commended Prize - Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe Australia.
2012 Finalist - Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2011 Finalist - Lethbridge Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2010 Finalist - Bowness Photographic Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria
2010 Finalist - Waterhouse Prize, International Natural History Art Prize, South Australian
Museum, Adelaide, Australia.
2010 Finalist - Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe
Australia.
2009 Portrait Prize - GI Gallery Exhibition, Australia.
2008 Portrait Prize - GI Gallery Exhibition, Australia.
2007 Ord Minnett Prize - best body of work across all disciplines in the Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University.
2007 Glen Archies Portrait Prize - Glen Innes Gallery, Australia.
2006 Academic Achievement Award - Griffith University, Australia.
2001 ArtExpress - Touring Art award for HSC Students, NSW Australia.

Publications

Hope and Love”, Fiona Purdon, U on Sunday Magazine, The Courier Sun Sunday Mail, 21 June 2015, p.30.
“The Nature Collection” The Exposure Photography Award, August 2015.
“Matters of Life and Death”, Tim Hannaford, Paradise Magazine - Gold Coast Bulletin, 10 Nov 2013, p.23.
“Viva Espana”, Marina Saint Martin, Paradise Magazine - Gold Coast Bulletin, 23 June 2012, p.23.
“Glen Artist in with a Chance”, Northern Daily Leader, June 2010.
“Clare Up For Major Art Prize”, Naomi Davidson, GI Examiner 2010.
“Clare’s Journey Leads to Solo Show”, Naomi Davidson, GI Examiner, February 2010.
ABC Radio, Solo Exhibition Interview, Kelly Fuller, February 2010.
“Close Encounter in Mexico”, Naomi Davidson, GI Examiner, May 2009.
ABC Radio, Live Interview from Mexico, Kelly Fuller, May 2009.
ABC Radio, Swine Flu Correspondence Live Interview from Mexico, Kelly Fuller, April 2009.
Exit Strategy Queensland College of Art Liveworm Studio 2007.
“Ballarat's "Romancing the Skull" shows us beauty is bone deep”, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Australian Financial Review, 29 September 2017, online 

Education

2007 Bachelor of Fine Art (major in Oil Painting) Griffith University - Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Bio

Clare Toms is a visual artist based between Melbourne and Mexico. Whilst frequently working with photography and installation, she majored in Oil Painting at University which is her main area of practice. Clare shows internationally with Copro Gallery in Los Angeles, and throughout Australia. Other international projects include a recent group show in Berlin, work exhibited as part of a travelling exhibition which traversed the Trans-Siberian Railway (Beijing to Moscow) and also in Mexico with an installation piece being included in a Mexico City Arts Festival. She has been a finalist in various art prizes and this year was successful in winning the Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize (Lethbridge Gallery - Brisbane Australia). Her work is in private collections across Australia and overseas, most recently being invited to produce work for acquisition into the Luciano Benetton Collection - the Benetton Foundation. Conceptually Clare’s work explores themes of intangible and physical transience and our interconnectedness with the environment, through the creation of contemporary, secular memento-mori pieces and more recently still-life. Travel, transience and the environment are important themes in her work, and travel plays a significant part in the process of conceptual development. Clare has worked on various side projects such as an international collaboration, teaching visual arts and working with primary school children as part of an Intercultural art exchange program between Australia and Peru.

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