Bucolic Shadows (detail) - oil on canvas collage on board
Shortest Day - oil on canvas collage on board
Rockall - oil on canvas collage on board
Clare Speller was born in Bedford in 1974. She studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art under John Gibbons and Jim Unsworth and has progressed to her current practice which involves using canvas as collage.
Inspired by writers of speculative fiction, local history and folklore, even the aesthetics of high fashion, and heightened by a slight synaesthesia, she uses her take on the universe to convey the raw energy of the natural world.
Her work involves fusing fragments together to form a whole that, although abstract in appearance, is suggestive of the tension and beauty of land and seascape. For the artist it also concerns the internal and poetic and is an expression of nature and intuition as art.