A contemporary American artist, Claire Sherman is best known for large-scale paintings and jewel-like drawings of natural landscapes and their details. In line with philosophical discourse on the sublime, she focuses on subjects more specifically described as icy glaciers, ominous islands, rocky terrain, and foliage.
Born 1981, Oberlin, Ohio, Sherman currently lives and works in New York. She earned her BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and her MFA from& The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. She has had solo exhibitions in venues such as New York's DC Moore Gallery and DCKT Contemporary, Amsterdam's Galerie Hof & Huyser, London's Houldsworth Gallery, and Chicago's Kavi Gupta Gallery. Her work is in the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, Kansas), the Margulies Collection (Miami), and other noteworthy public and private collections.
As the artist explained herself, her work "is less about representing a specific place, and more about how paint can create an experience of a space that is both alluring and terrifying." Through her practice, she seeks to question our relationship to the conventions of landscape. Situated between representation and abstraction, her works address the ubiquity of imagery we associate with the genre of landscape, nullifying a sense of particularity.
Featured image: Claire Sherman - Rock Wall, 2015 (detail). Oil on canvas. 84 × 72 in. 213.4 × 182.9 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery