ABOUT  

The paintings uploaded here are a selection taken from a series which are influenced by the landscapes in the vicinity of Llangorse and the Black Mountains on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. The paintings are taken from memory, photographs and drawings of locations passed while walking and running through this beautiful and varied terrain. The composition and size of the works may be reminiscent of the small and detailed landscapes painted as backdrops to the subjects in portrait paintings of the Italian Renaissance: Details often passed over but intriguing when noticed. I revisit the same locations at different times, seasons and climatic conditions. I challenge myself to extract segments from the landscape which appear to be almost unreal or unbelievable as starting points; Problems to solve. The images are devoid of the human figure but are replete with the presence of humanity, which for millennia has shaped the landscape here, and I attempt to create a narrative from this. A good friend of mine recently told me that they were creating paintings "unapologetically". I took this to mean that they feel free to paint, without too much concern for external critical influence. I like that.

Rupert Clausen.

Rupert Clausen

 
History in Brief
Ma. Communication Design, Central Saint Martins. London.
Ba (Hons). Fine Art. Margaret Street, Birmingham.


Exhibitions include;
The John Moores Exhibitions 16 and 17 at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
Flowers East Gallery London.
Mall Galleries London, selected by Gillian Ayres
University of York, Kings Manor Gallery.
Installation at Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide. West Broadway, New York.
Artworks in  private collections.