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By Clare Toms

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 41cm by 51cm

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About the Artist

Bio

Clare Toms is a visual artist based between Melbourne and Mexico. Whilst frequently working with photography and installation, her practice is focussed primarily on painting. Clare shows internationally with Copro Gallery in Los Angeles and also exhibits throughout Australia. Other international projects include a recent group show in Berlin, her inclusion in a travelling exhibition which traversed the Trans-Siberian Railway (Beijing to Moscow) and the inclusion of an installation piece as part of a Mexico City Arts Festival. A regular finalist in significant art prizes, in 2015 Clare was successful in winning the Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize the same year that she was invited to produce work for acquisition into the Luciano Benetton Collection - the Benetton Foundation. Clare’s work has been acquired into private collections across Australia and overseas.

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, with travel playing 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.

Prizes

2015           Winner Lethbridge 10 000 Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.

2012           Highly Commended Prize - Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe Australia.

2007           Ord Minnett Prize - best body of work across all disciplines in the Bachelor of Fine Art, Griffith University.

2006           Academic Achievement Award - Griffith University, Australia.

2001           ArtExpress - Touring Art award for HSC Students, NSW Australia.


Collections

2015           The Benetton Foundation - Acquisition into Imago Mundi - commissioned by Luciano Benetton

 

Finalist

2018           Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Australia. 
2014           Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, Australia.
2014            Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Postcard Prize, Melbourne.
2014            Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2013            Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2012           Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2011           Lethbridge Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2010           Bowness Photographic Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria
2010           Waterhouse Prize, International Natural History Art Prize, South Australian
Museum, Adelaide, Australia.
2010            Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe
Australia.
2009           Portrait Prize - GI Gallery Exhibition, Australia.
2008           Portrait Prize - GI Gallery Exhibition, Australia.
2007           Glen Archies Portrait Prize - Glen Innes Gallery, Australia.

 Solo Exhibitions

2021           Essence - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.

2020           Parallel - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2019           Evoke - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.

2010           Solo Show ‘Journey’ - Glen Innes Art Gallery, Australia.

Group Exhibitions

2022 

Small Works 2022, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

Lucid 2022, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

Interconnected, Exhibition curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale Australia.

2021

Dark Art 2021 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Happy Place - Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Aloha Mr Hand - Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles USA.
Summer 2021 - Metro Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Brink - Antler Gallery, Portland USA.

2020

Thinkspace Scope Miami Art Fair 'The Price of Everything & The Value of Nothing' group exhibition

Thinkspace Gallery @ Scope Art Fair, Miami USA

Mother Earth - Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles USA.

Antipodes 2020 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

Copro Gallery LA Art Show Group Exhibition

Copro Gallery Booth 1213 @LA Art Show, Los Angeles USA.

7th Annual Exploring the New Contemporary Movement - Thinkspace Gallery @ POW!WOW! Hawaii Mural Festival, Hawaii USA.

2019

Summer Group Exhibition - Metro Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

Thinkspace Scope Miami Art Fair Group Show - Thinkspace Gallery Booth [email protected] Art Fair, Miami USA.

Moniker Art Fair London - Thinkspace Gallery (LA) 12x12 Group Exhibition, London England.

LAX / ORD II - Thinkspace Gallery (LA) curated show at Vertical Gallery, Chicago USA.

Dark Art 2019 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

LAX / SFO III - Thinkspace Gallery (LA) curated show at Heron Arts, San Francisco USA.

Exploring the New Contemporary Movement - Thinkspace Gallery @ POW!WOW! Hawaii Mural Festival, Hawaii USA.

LA Art Show Group Exhibition - Copro Gallery Booth 143 @ LA Art Show, Los Angeles USA.

Summer Collection, Metro Gallery, Melbourne Australia

Artists Showcase, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane Australia.

2018

Scope Art Fair Group Show - Thinkspace Gallery Booth F05 @ Scope Art Fair, Miami USA.

Flow - Australian-based Artists Exhibition - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

Static Medium Curated Group Show - Gallery 1988, Los Angeles USA.

BLAB! 13th Anniversary Show - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.

Small Works 2018 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Dark Art 2018 - Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2017

Underworld - Copro Gallery, Los Angeles USA.Artist Showcase - 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.
6x6 - Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
Supergraph Graphic Art Fair - Signed & Numbered, Melbourne Australia.

2014

Halloween - Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne 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.
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.
Homage to Hollywood - 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.
The Art of Spain -19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast Australia.

2011

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

2010

Danger Daze Issue 6 - Curated Nick Drake, Brisbane 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.

Publications

"Transience, Spirituality and Human Essence: An Interview with Clare Toms", Natalia Joruk, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Online, October 2020.
"Ballarat's 'Romancing the Skull' shows us beauty is bone deep", Alison Stieven-Taylor, Australian Financial Review, 29 September 2017, online.
"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.

Education

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

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