Clare Grill

American, born 1979

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Clare Grill

American, born 1979

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In paintings ranging from entirely abstract to loosely representational, Clare Grill draws on a range of references—from her memories and emotions, the surrounding world, and even to medium of painting itself—to create richly layered compositions. As she describes: “My paintings come from a reverence for and curiosity about what’s past—mine and everyone’s. I like to uncover what’s below the surface, figuratively and literally, even if it’s complicated or sad.” Though she always begins with a source image, drawn from memory or from direct observation, her compositions are shaped by the size and texture of the canvas, the color and materiality of the paint, and the marks that develop from a continual process of sanding down and building up areas of color. For Grill, each painting has its own internal logic, and the act of painting itself is a process of discovery.

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In paintings ranging from entirely abstract to loosely representational, Clare Grill draws on a range of references—from her memories and emotions, the surrounding world, and even to medium of painting itself—to create richly layered compositions. As she describes: “My paintings come from a reverence for and curiosity about what’s past—mine and everyone’s. I like to uncover what’s below the surface, figuratively and literally, even if it’s complicated or sad.” Though she always begins with a source image, drawn from memory or from direct observation, her compositions are shaped by the size and texture of the canvas, the color and materiality of the paint, and the marks that develop from a continual process of sanding down and building up areas of color. For Grill, each painting has its own internal logic, and the act of painting itself is a process of discovery.

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Artforum
Articles Featuring Clare Grill
How an Artist’s Foggy Recollections Become Ghostly Reconstructions of the Past
Oct 31st, 2014
Stitches to Strokes: How An Artist Turns Antique Embroideries into Spare Paintings
Oct 2nd, 2014
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