Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

Clare McCarthy

Clare McCarthy CV for Gallery 360 October 2020

Colour dominates Clare’s art practice which always reflects on her local environment and personal journey. In 2020 she celebrated thirty years of creativity with her solo retrospective exhibition, 30 Year Journey, a selection of paintings, prints and work on paper created from 1990 to 2020 in New Zealand, Scotland and Australia.

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“Expressing myself in colour comes naturally to me. My art combines an interest in the shifting effects of light and colour with an exploration of emotional experiences. It’s a combination of Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism.

Creative expression has been at the core of my personal journey.  Exploring who we are and processing our experiences is a life-long journey. Creativity is a way of integrating our experiences into our sense of self and for me this is aided by music and writing as well as art.

Aspects of my personal journey and experiences of my environment come together through the craft of painting to create beautiful moments for others to enjoy, just as they would a poem or song.”  – Clare McCarthy 2020

For more information see or @colourandclare


1988 BA (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (Art History and Literature)

1989 Studied at the New York Studio School, New York, USA

Solo exhibitions:

2020   30 Year Journey.  Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda WA

2013   When Life Gives You Lemons. Tresillian, Perth WA

2009   Clare McCarthy. Camphill, Milltimber, Aberdeen, Scotland

2008   Blues and Greens; Abstracts and Landscapes. Courtyard Gallery, Stonehaven

2006   An Ordinary Place: The Donbank Series. The Belmont, Aberdeen

2003   Spring. Crannah, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

2002   Celtic Inspiration. Crannah, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

1993   Playing the Game. New Works Gallery, Wellington, NZ

1991   Evolution. New Moon Gallery, Wellington, NZ

1990   Clare Ryan: Recent Works on Paper. New Moon Gallery, Wellington

Group exhibitions include:

2020   Overwintering: Summer on the Swan. Nyisztor Studio, Perth

2020   Bodies of Work. Moores Gallery, Fremantle

2020   Mandjar Art Awards. Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah.

2019   Passion in Print PAWA members exhibition. Atwell Gallery, Perth

2018   PAWA Print Media Award. Moores Gallery, Fremantle.

2018   Spring Studio Pop up. Moerlina, Perth,

2017   Hand Print. PAWA Members Exhibition. Atwell Gallery, Perth

2017   Group exhibitions. Gallery 360. Perth. Ongoing.

2017   Mandjar Art Awards. Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah.

2016   Group Exhibitions. Gallery 360, Subiaco, Perth.

2016   Studio Artists Exhibition. Tresillian Arts Centre, Perth

2016   PAWA Print Media Awards. Moore’s Gallery, Fremantle

2016   PAWA Exhibition, Zigzag Cultural Centre, Kalamunda, WA

2016   Newman College Art Expo, Perth (also 2014,2015)

2015   Perth Royal Art Show, Showgrounds, Claremont, Perth

2014   City of Stirling Art Award, Perth, WA

2013   Cossack Art Award, Cossack, WA (2013,2014,2015)


2011   Christmas exhibition, Milton Gallery, Aberdeenshire

2011   Spring exhibition, Milton Gallery, Aberdeenshire

2010   Group Show, Holburn Gallery, Aberdeen

2010   Kincard-Art@Milton, The Milton Gallery, Banchory

2010   4 BLNK WOLS, Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen

2009   Clare McCarthy and Rosy Long, Montrose Gallery, Montrose

2009   Kincard-Art@JustScottish, Just Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2009   Coast To Coast, Coast Festival of the Visual Arts, Banff and Macduff

2008   Life Forms, GHAT Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, Aberdeen

2008   Kincard-Art, The Milton Gallery, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

2008   NEOS Open Studios, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

2007   Kincard-Art Christmas Exhibition, Artist’s Gallery, Aberdeen

2007   Under the Influence, Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott

2007   Dee and Don Inspiration (exhibition, short film and book), Cotton Street Studios, Aberdeen

2006   Being Here: Clare McCarthy and Rosemary Taylor, Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

2006   NEOS@The Belmont,The Belmont, Aberdeen

2006   Limousine Bull Selected Members Show, Bridge View Art Gallery, Aberdeen

2002   Group exhibition, Crannah, Aberdeenshire

New Zealand:

1996   Abstract Edge: Five Wellington Women Painters, a Fringe Festival Exhibition, Wellington Civic Centre and New Moon Gallery, Wellington

1994   Flow, a Fringe Festival Exhibition, Ryan and Jones Studio, Wellington

1993   Nature’s Limits, New Works Gallery, Wellington

1993   Life After the Vote: 10 Wellington Women Artists, New Moon Gallery, Wellington

1992   The Sacred Way, Wellington City Art Gallery, Wellington

1992   Aro St Café, Wellington and numerous other café exhibitions

1990   Daniell St Studios Open Days, Wellington (also 1991)

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