Kristen McClarty is a self-taught artist, working out of her studio in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Over the last ten years, she has exhibited first paintings and more recently, printmaking and textile (botanical contact print and stitched) work, in galleries in the Cape as well as Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Her attention turned to printmaking in 2016, when she spent time working in the studio of Alma Vorster, learning printmaking process and technique, with a focus on relief printmaking, dry point intaglio and monotype. In 2021, Kristen started on reduction and multiple layer woodblock prints, in the Western and Japanese techniques. This body of work has been exhibited in Cape Town and continues to develop. Kristen draws inspiration from her surroundings, places she finds herself, and her emotions in those places. She spends considerable time outdoors, recording light, shadow, cloud movement, rock formation and silence, both in photographs and water colour sketches. She also works in acrylic on canvas, generally painted en plein air. These pieces of information are translated in her studio, into woodblock and monotype prints. Kristen works from small to large scale, feeling for the edges of an idea, and often revisits similar source material to develop an area of interest.
Kristen McClarty has spent the last year developing a new body of work, using reduction and multiple block woodblock, monotype, and water colour to translate feelings of immersion in a place. This work covers her interaction with the environment of the Cape, stretching from the coast to the Cederberg.
Study of the yellow rocks in Summer.
Edition of 12.
52 x 71cm.
R 11 450
Hand pulled multiple block and reduction woodblock print (10 layers and 12 colours), with a small natural paper edge, depicting the lichen covered rocks on the coast near the village of Kommetjie. Rich and saturated colour and mark making, with evident wood grain, scratchings, shadows and an imposing suspended rock. The sky is printed off a separate block with an exposed grain.
This piece shows a strong Japanese influence, which runs through Kristen’s other work.
A Monday Morning Embrace.
8 layer reduction woodblock print.
106 x 68cm .
8 layer reduction woodblock print - oil based ink on Fabriano Tiepolo (295 gsm cotton paper) - An edition of 6
This piece positions the artist as a solitary presence, in an expansive environment devoid of human scars. The time is dawn, bringing with it opportunity, possibility, and the choice of living the new day in a different way. The sunlight is touching the ridge on the Western side of the valley, but no rays reach the artist. The landscape still rests, and in this time of quiet and promise, prehistoric rock formations approach the sweeping curve of the river for a drink. As they have for eons before.
With this artwork, I am offering the viewer a different way to value what is around us and find a way to preserve what has always existed and may not continue to do so, with our interference.
Waiting for the Dawn. 5 layer multiple block woodblock print. 20 x 20cm . Edition 4/20. R1,100
A Sunday Afternoon. 5 layer multiple block Japanese Mokuhanga woodblock print. 15.5 x 14cm . Edition 11/20. R940.
Flowering Aloe. Linocut print. Also in dark green state. Paper 420 x 295 mm
Edition of 30. R1,330 each
Junction. 7/30 Limited edition single block linocut print. Edition of 30. 50cm x 35cms (paper size). 39 x 26.5cms (image size). R2705.
Is Anyone There? 3/30 . Limited edition single block linocut print. Edition of 30. 50cm x 35cms (paper size). 40 x 26.5cms (image size). R2705. SOLD
Circling Crows 1. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 15.
Circling Crows II. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 30.
Circling Crows III. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 15.
Klein Slangkop gums. Dry point intaglio print off polypropylene plate on Fabriano Rosaspina. Paper 330 x 700mm
Edition 1/15. R1920
Protea bush after the fire. Linocut print in black and red states on Fabriano Rosaspina. Paper 500 x 400mm
Edition of 30. R1,970 each
Burnt leucadendron. Linocut print in black and red states. Paper 420 x 295 mm
Edition of 30. R960 each (RED SOLD)