Kristen McClarty is a self-taught artist working out of her studio in Kommetjie.
Kristen grew up in Zululand and started painting before she started school, initially in watercolour and then oil. She took art as a subject for matric, frustrating her art teacher with her persistent use of autonomous colour – applied to convey the mood or feeling of the subject rather than just represent what others saw as the real colour.
Kristen studied commerce and law and practised tax law for many years, working in large professional service firms. She left the corporate world a number of years ago to concentrate on her art.
Kristen paints Cape scenes in acrylic, enjoying its short drying time, while still having the body of oil if used with appropriate gel mediums. She brings her background and her approach to life to the canvas. She has recently started combining charcoal and other mediums with acrylic.
Kristen started printmaking in early 2016, printing out of the Pangolin Press studio at Montebello Design Centre and more recently out of a private studio in Fish Hoek. She concentrates on linocut (single block, multiple block and reduction linocut) and drypoint intaglio, with traditional techniques such as chine-collé. As with her paintings, Kristen works from her surroundings in the Cape.
Kristen has exhibited in a number of Cape galleries including G2 Art, The Cape Gallery, Kalk Bay Modern, Red Gallery, Hout Bay Gallery, Gallery at Grand Provence, Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery, Chameleon Gallery (Kalk Bay), Art@Constantia (Groot Constantia) and The Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch.
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. R1155 each
Around the bend. Dry point intaglio print off polypropylene plate, coloured with chine-collé technique on Fabriano Rosaspina. Paper 500 x 275 mm
Edition 1 of 15. R1730
Burnt leucadendron. Linocut print in black and red states. Paper 420 x 295 mm
Edition of 30. R960 each
Flowering aloe. Linocut print in dark and moss green states . Paper 420 x 295 mm
Edition of 30. R960 each
Birds on the wire.Linocut print in oxblood red over blue netting collagraph background on Fabriano Tiepolo.
Paper 330 x 700 mm
Edition of 30. R2305
For some the pathway to education lies over Ou Kaapse Weg. (Ode to Peter Clarke). Monotype print off polypropylene plate.
480 x 375 mm
For some the pathway to education lies over Ou Kaapse Weg. (Ode to Peter Clarke). Monotype "Ghost" print off polypropylene plate. 480 x 375 mm
Wind me up, grind me down. Dry point intaglio print off polypropylene plate to be coloured with chine-collé technique and red embroidery. Paper 600 x 450 mm. Edition of 20.
Meet me at the docks for a drink. Multi Block Linocut print on Fabriano Rosaspina (Ivory). Paper 200 x 350 mm . Edition of 30.
Circling Crows 1. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 15.
Circling Crows III. 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.
St James and the Train. Dry point intaglio hand coloured with shellac ink. 58cm x 43.5cm. Edition of 15.
The view passing through. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 30.
Never to meet. Vinyl cut and dry point intaglio. Paper 46cm x 26cm . Edition of 18.