Clara Adolphs' portraits are extraordinary. They are inspired by memories and captured in what might be described as a retro-perspective, coupled with a thick impasto technique reminiscent of inspirational and dynamic painters such as Lucien Freud or Ben Quilty.
Clara Adolphs very much navigates to her own individual thought-provoking style. Her seemingly effortless portraits with a palette knife contain depth, presence and complexity.
Clara Adolphs is an arts graduate from the University of New South Wales and has been a finalist or winner in more than ten art prizes since 2009.
In 2011, Clara Adolphs' painting 'February' was picked as a finalist in one of Australia's richest art awards for emerging Australian artists, the Metro Gallery Art Award.
Judges in the selection panel included the Hon. Jeff Kennett AC (former Victorian Premier) and Fenella Kernebone, presenter of ABC TV's Art Nation program. Ben Quilty, Sam Leach and Jackson Slattery have won this prestigious award previously. Metro Gallery Art Award 2011
Clara Adolphs was nominated a finalist again for her work 'With Love' in the 2012 Metro Gallery Art Award. The award is open to young artists under the age of 35 and offers a prize of $ 50,000.
In July 2012, Clara Adolphs won the Young Emerging Artist Award 2012 for her painting 'New Tricks' at the Mosman Art Prize. In 2012, she was also chosen as a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
Available Works by Clara Adolphs
Curriculum Vitae Clara Adolphs
2005 - 2008 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting and Drawing Major), University of NSW
2012 Augenblicke, MiCK Gallery, Paddington, Sydney 2012 Recent work, Sydney Children's Hospital Art Program, Sydney 2011 Past, Present Future, Group Exhibition, Petty Cash Gallery, Sydney 2011 Nest Egg, Group Exhibition, Petty Cash Gallery, Sydney 2010 A few of my favourite Things, Group Exhibition, Petty Cash Gallery 2008 Annual Graduates' Show, College of Fine Art, Sydney 2008 Illithian Ensemble Travelling Exhibition and Concert 2008 Golden Goats! Group Exhibition, China Heights
Art Awards 2013 Finalist in the Portia Geach Portrait prize 2013 Finalist in the Moran Portrait prize 2013 Highly Commended in the Southern Highlands Portrait prize 2013 A commission from the Gladstone Mayor for a very large scale historic work 2013 Finalist, Mosman art prize 2013 Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travellling Art Scholarship 2012 Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2012 Young Emerging Artist Prize, Mosman Art Prize 2012 Finalist, Metro Gallery Award 2011 Finalist, Metro Gallery Award 2011 Commended, BDAS Art on paper prize 2010 Winner, Judges Recommendation Prize, Hornsby Art Prize 2010 Winner, North Sydney Youth Award 2010 Highly Commended, Yinnar Drawing Prize 2010 Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize 2010 Finalist, Norvill Art Prize 2010 Finalist, St. George Art Award 2009 Finalist, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2009 Finalist, Liverpool City Art Prize
Illawarra Mercury, 18 July 2011:
Clara Adolphs in the 2013 Mosman Art Prize.
Clara Adolphs was a finalist in the 2013 Mosman Art Prize. It is a portrait of me, and hung alongside other finalists like Paul Ryan, Alan Jones (winner of the Alan Gamble memorial Art prize and Guy Maestri among others.
Brett WHITELY Travelling Art Scholarship 2013
Clara Adolphs was again a finalist in the above art prize with two works requested as one of the 7 finalists. One work, High Noon, as seen below, is a great example of Clara’s portraiture, mixed with architectural imagery, achieving a strong narrative. One of my favourites….
'Artist takes inspiration from past', by Lucas Forbes
'The lives of people long forgotten have helped inspire Clara Adolphs on her journey to becoming a professional artist. ... Her nominated work 'February' is an oil painting based on an old photograph, taken 90 years ago, belonging to her grandmother.
Her connection to events occurring before she was born is what put Ms Adolphs on her current artistic path. "I think it's sad that people living ordinary lives doing extraordinary things are being forgotten", Ms Adolphs said. By capturing the past, Ms Adolphs hoped that she could understand the nature of the present and the possibilities of the future. "My work deals with the notion of memory and the human condition by capturing isolated details of the past." ....