Clare Menck

1969 - 

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



2019 Encounters, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2017 Sideways, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2017 Nocturne (Mood Pieces), 99 Loop, Cape Town

2016 You are a Part of the Fabric of my LifeErdmann Contemporary, Cape Town

2014 Outside InErdmann Contemporary, Cape Town

2011/12 Hidden Life, travelling museum exhibition, South Africa

2010 Twenty YearsOliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

2008 Paintings of Objectsi-Art, Cape Town

2007 Vignette/Vinjet, US Gallery, Stellenbosch

2007 Southern ViewsEverard Read, Johannesburg

2006 Brief Journeysi-Art, Cape Town

2005 Clare Menck: PaintingsAVA, Cape Town

1998 Dresden, Sutherland, Woodstock Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town