A B O U T M E
Clare Rogers BA
I have wanted to be an artist from the age of six! I spent much time in my early years drawing, mainly from still life, enjoying the detail and contour of natural forms.
Later, my focus turned towards text and print, studying graphic design at Plymouth Art College. The relationship between paper and ink continued to draw me in, and after completing a degree in Fine Art at Plymouth University in 2011, my practice made a natural turn towards handmade artist books.
My books act as a meeting place between poetry, text, pattern, abstraction and photography, with a collision of ideas and feelings articulating a deeper sense of creative passion. The inspiration for these can be spontaneous; arriving from a place of interest or a simple thought or feeling. The concept is always the starting point, with the process and format emerging later. My handmade books can be viewed at clarerogersartist.blogspot.co.uk
Over the years my drawing practice continued to evolve, experimenting with larger graphite drawings looking towards abstraction, as well as simplified linear forms and figurative studies using ink.
An introduction to printmaking led me to extend my practice to combine drawing techniques and expressive mark making. The fluid styles of monoprinting allow me to build layers of texture and form, creating land and sea scapes, demonstrating vistas of space and light.
The flexible process of adding and removing ink on the printing plate’s surface blends the muted colours which embodies the moods and atmospheric beauty of Dartmoor’s open space and ancient land. I often add figurative forms by pressing different textures into the ink or drawing over the ink to illustrate the diverse scenery of the Westcountry’s wooded valleys, rivers and contrasting shorelines.
Clare Rogers CV
2021 Resurgam Exhibition, Drawn to the Valley Artist Group. Prints and cards.
2021 Lockdown Love Online Exhibition, Drawn to the Valley Artist Group. Prints and cards.
2020 Dartmoor Collective 'A Worked Landscape' Zine. Photography.
2020 Drawn to the Valley Artist Group Annual Exhibition, Tavistock. Prints and cards.
2020 Drawn to the Valley Artist Group Exhibition. (Online). Prints
2020 Positivity Exhibition. The Printery, Plymouth. Prints
2020 Plymouth Art Exhibition. (Online). Prints
2019 Drawn to the Valley Artist Group Winter Exhibition. Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls. Prints
2019 Drawn to the Valley Open Studios. Prints, Drawings, Hand-made Artist Books, Cards.
2019 Devon Artist Network Spring Exhibition. Harbour House, Kingsbridge. Prints
2019 Drawn to the Valley Spring Exhibition. Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls. Prints
2018 Autumnal Changes Exhibition. Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge. Prints.
2018 Devon Artist Network Spring Exhibition. Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge. Prints.
2017 Self Portrait Exhibition. Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge. Prints.
2017 Devon Artist Network Exhibition. The Clay Factory, Ivybridge. Prints.
2016 Transfer 3 Collaborative Exhibition. Devonport Live, Plymouth. Drawings.
2013 In Five Minutes. The Art House Co-op, Brooklyn Achives, NY. Drawings.
2013 The Gathering Collaborative Exhibition. The Pipe Gallery, Plymouth. Drawings and hand-made books.
2012 The Sketchbook Project. Brooklyn Art Library, NY. Sketchbook.
2012 From here you can almost see the sea. Solo Exhibition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. Drawings and hand-made books.
2012 Open Exhibition. Front Room Gallery, Plymouth. Drawings.
2011 First Class Hons Degree Fine Art. Plymouth University.
1986 HND Graphic Design. Plymouth College of Art.
F O U N D A R T
I enjoy observing objects, spaces, textures, colours and shapes. I take many photographs which I sometimes crop and occasionally manipulate.
These images often end up as inspiration for my printmaking and drawing.