Do you know that moment when darkness falls and the landscape becomes oppressive and threatening? Clare Woods gives us a taste of the fear of the unknown.


Clare Woods, Rock of the Night, 2006. ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

It’s creepy, crawly, grumbling and growling.  A myriad of roots shoot from the ground, staggering into the night.  Underground passages branch out and grow into the wilderness. This is not a place you want to get lost in. But perhaps that’s already too late?

Night pictures

The sinister wilderness in Clare Woods’ painting Rock of the Night might give you the creeps, and yet they are painted in seductive and stunning colours and shapes. She portrays feeling in nature by zooming right in on rocks, stones and roots. Close up you are sucked into the painting’s space and become lost in the landscape. Only from a distance can you see the painting and the landscape in its entirety – even though it has no sky or horizon. The scene is painted based on her night photos from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. She captures that moment when light disappears and anything becomes possible.

Clare Woods, Harry Patch, 2014. ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

Clare Woods about Harry Patch. The work is an ARKEN Edition.


About Clare Woods

Clare Woods paints psychologically created landscapes, based on photos from English and Welsh nature. She primarily works with enamel paints on aluminium, which gives the paintings a smooth, polished surface and an intense play of colours.

Born in 1972 in Southampton, England.

Lives and works in London.

Graduated from Bath College of Art, Bath and Goldsmiths College, London.


The artwork is not on display at the moment.

The artwork is not on display at the moment.

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