Clare Henderson

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Clare Henderson was born in Dublin in 1981. She began her art training in Ballyfermot Senior College and went on to study Fine Art Print in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. On graduating in 2005 she began printing in Graphic Studio Dublin, having received the Graphic Studio Dublin Graduate Award (2005). There, with the help of studio staff and members, she has furthered her printing practice to create a body of work based around ideas relating to the human condition. She creates muted coloured and black and white etchings, drypoints, lithographs and pencil drawings. Mainly based on the figure, they evoke existential elements which she believes are inherent in us all. The gesture of a pose has become very important. She uses the figure as if she were directing these characters as players on a stage. Drawing inspiration from themes present in theatre and literature, she is interested in the work of Samuel Beckett, Paul Auster and Don DeLillo, in particular his short novel The Body Artist (2001).
She enjoyed her first solo exhibition in Monstertruck Gallery in 2006 and since then has exhibited in the Talbot Gallery, SO Fine Art Editions, Graphic Studio Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland.


Selected Exhibitions
2023 Thin Places, a duo exhibition with James Kirwan, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023 Decennium, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023 Geomancy/Oscillation, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2022 Ulysses Imagined, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2021 Silence, curated by Anne Hodge, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2022 Summer Show 2022, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2021 Winter Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2021 Winter Exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2020 Winter Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2020 60 Years of Graphic Studio Dublin, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2019 Annual Summer Show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin
2018 188th RHA Annual Exhibition, invited artist, Dublin
2018 One-Off, Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin
2017 187th RHA Annual Exhibition, selected artist and award winner, Dublin
2017 Inside worlds, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2016 From Islands to Other Seas, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2012 The Hy-Brasail Expedition, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2011 Clouds as Memories and Other Stories, solo exhibition, Galway University Hospital, Galway
2010 I can’t go on, I’ll go on, solo exhibition, Talbot Gallery and Studios, Talbot Street, Dublin
2009 Graphic Studio Dublin Award Winners Show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2009 Where Borders Meet-The Response, Gallery MOK, Debica, Poland
2008 Revelation, National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin
2008 Where Borders Meet, Museum Dwory Karwacjanow i Gladyszow, Gorlice, Poland
2006 The Space Between us, solo exhibition, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin