Artist's Statement & CV

February 2018

My paintings, sketches & drawings convey
and reflect the personal experience I feel, both visually and emotionally
from the various landscape locations


The subject of Clive’s work expresses his personal interpretation of landscape using visual and emotional experiences he gathers from chosen locations and environs. When he finds subjects that appeal and resonate with him, he records those images using paint, gestural mark-making, drawings and photographs.
His practice has moved from the literal translation of formal landscape images, towards painted abstractions of subject, place and mood.
Inspiration for a painting arrives by noting elements of interest, structural motifs, and colour combinations, often using a fusion of two or more viewpoints or a juxtaposition any of them. Within each piece of work, he attempts to build a tension around features which may appear obscure at first glance, but which with deeper investigation reveal links that connect to the observed location.
Underlying core colours set a basic tone to his paintings, often using contrasting colours to emphasise form and pattern, and provide vibrancy and balance within the composition. These features set up an oscillation between easily identified shapes and those that are less defined. Most of his pieces are scaled to a square shape rather than the more usual long landscape format with the intention of encouraging the viewer to ponder what may lie outside the boundaries of this restricted form.
Clive wants viewers to connect with the source of inspiration inherent within the paintings, firstly by some recognition of chosen elements, but ultimately by taking a journey into the abstract thoughts around the subject and the scene.
Acrylic and oil paint are his chosen mediums for most paintings with additional use of pastel crayon, graphite pencil, charcoal or oil bar when he wants to emphasise structure, or to delineate portions of the painting that need stronger visual direction. Most of his work is on prepared ply board as this supports heavy mark making and thick impasto paint he uses, and provides a firm base which is ideal for scraping back revealing under painting, or building up additional layers to increase texture.

Painters that have had an influence on my work are mostly from the pre-and post-war Cornish School such as Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson and Victor Passmore. More recently I admire the work of Barbara Rae, and American artists, Wolf Khan and Brian Rutenberg.

Comment on abstraction

Courtney Jordan“An artist needs to be fluent in the languages of realism and abstraction.

“By realism I mean the formal aspects of art—the painting techniques and drawing skills we develop over time through experience.

“Abstraction is the other side of the coin, the visual language that frees us to paint and draw what is going on inside our heads. It means that I may be looking at a tree, but I want to paint power, life, majesty, and wisdom. The tree becomes a vessel for my message, not the message itself.”

— Courtney Jordan, Editor – Artist Daily



Past Exhibitions


  • Linden Hall Gallery – Winter Open Show – Deal, Kent 2019


  • Royal Institute of Marine Artists – Mall Galleries, London 2018
  • Iona House Gallery – Woodstock 2018
  • Camden Image Gallery – London 2018
  • (show with the North London Artists & Sculptors Group)
  • Childwickbury Arts Fair – Harpenden (participating artist 2018)
  • Ayot St Lawrence – Open Submission Show – 2018
  • Nude Tin Can Gallery – St Albans – 2018 (Solo show)


  • The Strand Gallery – London (Group show with the North London Artists & Sculptors Group)
  • Childwickbury Arts Fair – Harpenden (participating artist 2017)
  • Tinca Gallery – Portishead (North Somerset Arts week)2017
  • Art Dialogues, Espacio Gallery
  • Childwickbury Arts Fair
  • Somerset Arts Week, Tinca Gallery,Portishead
  • Colour & Form, The Strand Gallery, London


  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Gallery
  • Childwickbury Arts Fair
  • Joint showing, Tinca Gallery, Portishead


  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Gallery
  • Place & Space, Espacio Gallery, London
  • Horizon, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans
  • Hertford Open Exhibition
  • Landscape & City, Camden Image Gallery, London


  • Making Seen, Espacio Gallery, London
  • Mixed Show, Camden Image Gallery, London
  • Points of View, Espacio Gallery, London
  • Material Matters, Espacio Gallery, London
  • Hertford Open Exhibition
  • Tudorhouse Gallery, Sawbridgeworth


  • St Albans Art Society, Best in Show
  • Hertford Open Exhibition
  • New Artists Fair, Candid Gallery, Islington, London


  • Short listed for Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open
  • Short listed for NEAC Open
  • Cork Street Open Exhibition
  • Short listed for the ING Discerning Eye
  • Hertford Open Exhibition


  • St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition


  • Hertfordshire Visual Art Forum Open Exhibition
  • University of Hertfordshire Open Exhibition
  • St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition


  • University of Hertfordshire Open Exhibition
  • St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition, Commended

Selected Work


  • Painting selected for display in the St Albans Crown Court of Justice