Clara Hancock

About Clara

I studied philosophy and aesthetics in my native Colombia followed by a course in the history of art at L'École du Louvre in Paris. In London, I started practical art working in sculpture, ceramics, printing with lino and wood-blocks, silk-screen and monoprints, then glass fusion and painting on silk. All these artistic studies give me a means of expression on silk that is versatile and on which I can achieve rich and vibrant effects.


My Work

The inspiration of my work comes from my experiences of daily life, a visit to a museum or gallery, looking at a garden, listening to music or a poem all generate ideas. Even a walk and looking at a group of trees or holes in the ground or on a pavement there are lines that may develop into work. I am a compulsive traveller and the variety of cultures and scenes have also influenced my work.

I have tried to express my feelings from these sources of inspiration through many media. My academic studies provide me with a knowledge of how to see and of artistic solutions developed by many artists over past centuries. When working in ceramics, glass and sculpture I am most conscious of multi-dimensions. When I draw and paint on silk my appreciation of multi-planes is carried forward into two-dimentions by using lines, shapes and colour combinations to hint at, represent and substitute for dimensions. I have experimented with adding hand-painted silk to pieces that I made with glass fusion.

I enjoy the variety of techniques of printing that I use on silk. Sometimes I draw freehand using guta to limit the spread of hand-painted silk dyes. At other times, I use water colour approach to allow the dyes to spread with only gentle brush movements to suggest to the dye where and how far to flow. I use different types of dyes to be fixed in different ways and in so doing I get levels of vibrancy and richness to achieve my expression.

Exhibitions

  • Member of EFOA
  • Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
  • Member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Artists
  • Exhibitions curated by The Society of Designer Craftsmen at The Mall Galleries, at Chelsea Town Hall and the Chelsea College of Arts
  • Royal Horticultural Society Hall
  • Canning House
  • Lauderdale House
  • The British Museum group exhibition of staff and volunteers of the Museum
  • Burgh House
  • Hand Made In Britain: Interactive Virtual Art Fair Chelsea
  • Space Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
  • Joint Show with Juanita Richter. Bogota
  • Joint Show with Lina Pardo, Bogota
  • In Bermuda
  • In Michigan, USA

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