Clare Menck: Paintings of objects. The objects Clare Menck chooses to paint have a characteristic quirkiness to them and speak of a world of personal associations.
In her most recent solo with accompanying catalogue, Clare invites the viewer to explore her inner world in terms of these domestic ‘fetishes’ that she fondles with her paintbrush. Clare studied Fine Arts at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. South African-born, of German/Dutch (Afrikaans) descent, she lives on the West Coast with her painter husband and two children.
Clare studied at the University of Stellenbosch, where she obtained both her Bachelor and Master’s in Fine Arts. She also graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts. She has also undertaken postgraduate studies abroad in Germany.
2007 – Nominated for a Kanna Award for Visual Arts at the KKNK.
“Late summer reprieve” solo exhibition Trent Gallery, Pretoria, November 2014
“Outside”, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, 2014
“Clare Menck: Hidden Life – Twenty Years of Painting 1990-2010”, Sanlam Art Collection.
iArt Gallery, Cape Town.
“Clare Menck: Twenty Years”, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
“Clare Menck: Paintings of Objects”, iArt Gallery, Cape Town.
“Vignette / Vinje”, University Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
‘Southern Views’, Everard Read Gallery.
‘Brief Journeys / Vlugtige Reise’, iArt Gallery, Cape Town.
Clare Menck: Paintings’, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Carinus Art Centre, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
‘Dresden, Sutherland, Woodstock’, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
Labia Gallery, Cape Town.
“Ik ben een Afrikander”, Artspace, Johannesburg.
“Echoes”, Portal Gallery, De Rust, Oudtshoorn.
“The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Lanscape”, Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Cape Town.
“Make a Difference Campaign (MAD) Art Exhibition & Auction”, Foxhills Estate, London.
“10 Doen Koppe”, Klein Karoo Arts Festival (KKNK), Oudtshoorn.
“Love Story”, iArt Gallery, Cape Town.
“Home” Old Standard Mills, X-Cape Biennale fringe, Salt River, Cape Town.
“Portraits”, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
“Drie Stemme”, art.b Gallery, Bellville, Cape Town.
“City: Country”, Upstairs at the Bamboo, Johannesburg.
“Self Portraits”, Rust n Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.
“Johann Louw / Clare Menck / Kennet Sinclair”, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.
“Canvas”, South African Association of Arts, Bellville, Cape Town.
“Interpreting Landscape”, South African Association of Arts, Bellville, Cape Town.
“In Corporeal”, Ibis Art Centre, Nieu-Bethesda.
“CYST: Works in Paint”, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town and Sandton Civic Gallery.
“Unplugged II”, Rembrandt Gallery, Johannesburg.
Clare’s work is featured in various corporate, museum and private collections. Some of these include: Muratie Wine Estate , Tokara Wine Estate , Spier Wine Estate, the University of Stellenbosch and Tom Stern (the artistic director to Clint Eastwood).
“District Six Sculpture Project”, site-specific installation in collaboration with Johann Louw.
2000 – MWEB project: webcam in studio for one month (one of three artists chosen nationally)
Clare Menck teaches both drawing and painting.