Clare Menck is one of South Africa’s finest mid-career painters. Her delicate paintings hint at the intimate moments which we all experience. These moments are closely related to the artist, her close family and friends, and have developed into a documentation of her public and private life. Michael Godby therefore writes that Menck’s art is critically engaged with the materials of its own making. It is a meditative art. It engages with reality at some distance, either through the mediation of some form of image or through overtly constructed performance in the studio. In a very real way, this contemplative withdrawal to the studio reproduces the sense of alienation that is her invariable subject.
1990 BA in Fine Art (cum laude), University of Stellenbosch. Awarded the Edrich Prize.
1991 Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (painting) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town)
1996 MA in Fine Art, University of Stellenbosch
1997 Five month study trip to Europe on a grant from University of Stellenbosch, including 3 months of postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Dresden, Germany
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 You are a Part of the Fabric of my Life, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2014 Outside In, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2011/12 Hidden Life, travelling museum exhibition, South Africa
2010 Twenty Years, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
2008 Paintings of Objects, i-Art, Cape Town
2007 Vignette/Vinjet, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
2007 Southern Views, Everard Read, Johannesburg
2006 Brief Journeys, i-Art, Cape Town
2005 Clare Menck: Paintings, AVA, Cape Town
1998 Dresden, Sutherland, Woodstock Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town