Clare Menck is a figurative painter specializing in oils, occasionally switching mediums to produce monoprints and watercolour/gouache paintings on paper. Her passion for painting figures in a landscape setting in or around water is further augmented with a life-long obsession with self-portraits, often - but not always - swimming. Clare is renowned for her delightful painterly treatment of light and colour especially when capturing swimmers in water.
Clare is a Master’s graduate from the University of Stellenbosch with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis (UCT). Her mid-career retrospective exhibition “Clare Menck: Hidden Life” curated by Stefan Hundt, curator of Sanlam’s Art Collection, travelled the country to major museums and galleries as did the accompanying catalogue. Clare was included in the Top 40 selection of the Sanlam Portrait Awards national portrait competition twice (2013 and 2015).
One of Clare's international career highlight was the worldwide all women self-portrait exhibition "Sie, Selbst, Nackt" during 2013, in the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum of Bremen, Germany, where 5 of her self-portraits were selected to hang amongst the likes of Louise Bourgeois (FR/US), Judy Chicago (US), Imogen Cunningham (US), Gwen John (GB), Yoko Ono (JP/US), Anita Ree (DE), Jenny Saville (GB), Suzanne Valadon (FR) and Franscesca Woodman (US). Clare attended the opening in person and her work has been published in the book of the same title accompanying that international all-female self-portrait exhibition.