A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.

Ansel Adams

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Clare McCarthy

I moved to Perth in 2012 and have enjoyed responding to the natural environment and intensity of light here.  Colour dominates my paintings which always reflect on my local environment and personal journey.

There is a strong suggestion of nature and landscape in my work.  The organic shapes and colours often relate to experiencing a specific place. The current series Evening Walks is inspired by walking at sunset by the Indian Ocean here in Perth.  Some paintings are full of the colourful drama of the evening sky while others are more peaceful and contemplative.

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I am also interested in abstract expressionism and have been inspired by artists such as Hans Hoffman and Joan Mitchell.  Other influences come from literature for example the English Romantic poets as well as Australian and New Zealand writers.More recently I have also been exploring printmaking and have an interest in shin-hangaprints (after a recent trip to Japan).

I have exhibited my work for about 25 years in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. For more information see www.CMcCart.com.


Originally from New Zealand with an Irish family background.Lived in Scotland for 12 years.  Moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2012.

BA (Hons) degree, Victoria University of Wellington, (studied Art History and Literature)

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

Solo exhibitions:

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:

2016 PAWA Exhibition, Zigzag Cultural Centre, Kalamunda, WA

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

2015 Perth Royal Art Show, 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

     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

1990 -1991 Daniell St Studios Open Days, Wellington

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