• Midday
    oil on linen 70 x 66cm
  • Bow Tie
    Bow Tie
    oil on linen 45 x 36cm
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

  • 2017 Winner | The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Art Gallery of New South Wales for residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris
  • 2017 Finalist | Mosman Art Prize
  • 2017 Winner | Young Emerging Artist Award | Mosman Art Prize
  • 2017 Residency | Artspace Mackay, Mackay Regional
  • 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

2017          MiCK Fine Art, “Recent Paintings” with 3:33 Art Projects for the Clayton Utz Art Partnership; Edwina Corlette Gallery

2016          MiCK Gallery Sydney, “Cahoots”; Lindberg Gallery, Melbourne

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