• Monterey Pine
    Monterey Pine
    oil on linen 119 x 104cm
  • On the Beach
    On the Beach
    oil on linen 97 x 79cm
  • Shadow Man
    Shadow Man
    oil on linen 81 x 91cm
  • Night Flowers
    Night Flowers
    oil on linen 78 x 87cm
  • Saturdays
    oil on linen 66 x 98cm
  • Trip in Blue
    Trip in Blue
    oil on linen 61 x 83cm
  • Garden Shadows
    Garden Shadows
    oil on linen 79 x 65cm
  • Seated Yellow
    Seated Yellow
    oil on linen 71 x 81cm
  • Three Men at Night
    Three Men at Night
    oil on linen 65 x 79cm
  • Neighbours
    oil on linen 69 x 88cm
  • Still
    oil on linen 61 x 83cm
  • Blue Veranda
    Blue Veranda
    72 x 84cm
  • Two More
    Two More
    oil on linen 56 x 82cm
  • Midday
    oil on linen 70 x 66cm
  • Seated Man and Pot Plant
    Seated Man and Pot Plant
    oil on linen 63 x 68cm
  • Solitaire
    oil on linen 62 x 67cm
  • Moments
    oil on linen 57 x 57cm
  • August Wind
    August Wind
    oil on linen 61 x 57cm
  • Tea
    oil on linen 54 x 47cm
  • Bow Tie
    Bow Tie
    oil on linen 45 x 36cm
  • Palms
    oil on canvas 63 x 76 cm $3,900
  • Two Boys
    Two Boys
    oil on canvas 50 x 52 cm $3,500
Clara Adolphs

Only 31 years old, Adolphs conintues her career ascent and was a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the first time this year.  Adolphs was also a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (for the fourth time) and awarded two residencies.

A figurative painter, Adolphs work captures familiar moments and feelings of unknown characters.  Using old photographs as the source of her imagery she re-incarnates isolated details of people of the past and explores the notion that moments are fleeting.  Memories and photographs will linger, but they represent just a speck of time.

There is a nostalgic feel to Adolphs work, a reference to history, but the moments are universal and current, they are just in a different place and a different time.

Whilst the subject matter is very carefully considered and chosen, it is the vehicle for her to then surrender control and allow the paint to take on a life of its own.  Adolphs is extremely technically skilful and her luscious strokes of paint are sparingly and expertly rendered with the palette knife and brush.  Raw canvas is left and paint is scratched back to give form, resulting in a seemingly loose but extremely accurate rendition of the image.

Born 1985

Education 2005 – 2008 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting and Drawing Major), CoFA, University of NSW

Art Prizes and Awards

  • 2016 Finalist, The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2016 Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
  • 2016 Residency, Leigh Creek Artist in Residence, South Australia
  • 2016 Winner, SOPA (Sydney Olympic Park Authority) Artist at teh Armory Award Residency (for sculpture)
  • 2015 Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
  • 2015 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award
  • 2015 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
  • 2015 Finalist, Paddington Art Prize
  • 2015 Finalist, Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, 2nd Prize
  • 2014 Finalist, Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery
  • 2014 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
  • 2014 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award
  • 2014 Winner, Bowral Indoor Sculpture Prize, BDAS Gallery
  • 2014 Residency, New York Studio Art School, drawing Marathon
  • 2013 Finalist, Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship
  • 2013 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award
  • 2013 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
  • 2013 Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
  • 2013 Commended, John Copes Watercolour Prize
  • 2012 Finalist, Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship
  • 2012 Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
  • 2012 Winner, Young Emerging Artist Award, Mosman Art Prize
  • 2012 Finalist, Metro Gallery Award
  • 2012, Highly Commended, BDAS Young Artists’s Prize
  • 2011 Finalist, Metro Gallery Award
  • 2011 Commended, BDAS Art on Paper Prize
  • 2010 Winner, Judges Recommendation Prize, Hornsby Art Prize
  • 2010 Winner, North Sydney Youth Award
  • 2010 Highly Commended, Arc Yinnar Drawing Award
  • 2010 Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize
  • 2010 Finalist, Norvill Art Prize
  • 2010 Finalist, St George Art Award
  • 2009 Finalist, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize
  • 2009 Finalist, Liverpool City Art Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2016          MiCK Gallery Sydney, “Cahoots”

2015          MiCK Gallery Sydney, “Thursday”

2014         MiCK Gallery Sydney, “The Man In Me”

2012          MiCK, Gallery Sydney, “Augenblicke”


Gold Coast City Gallery; Australian Corporate Collection; Art Committee Members, Australian Corporate Collection; Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art; Leading Art Consultant and referred clients; Artist; Curator, Australian Bank Collection;Board Member, Art Month Sydney.

For more information about this artist or artwork, contact us at art@mickthegallery.com