Working primarily in the field of printmaking, Clare has developed an interest in mass produced found objects using them as her printmaking matrix.

Influenced by the post industrial landscapes of Northern England where she has lived all her life, her current practice utilises nineteenth and twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, music box discs and IBM punch cards.

Clare explores these artefacts as carriers of narrative, the paper creases and the rusty damaged metal tell stories of obsolete technologies. They hold memories of their past, of their making and function. They also evoke memories of those who made and used them.

The traditional analogue printmaking processes she employs echo the labour inherent in the making of these materials, while the binary language of the machine dances in rhythmic patterns through her work as a signifier of our digital age.

Work | Full CV
Clare Phelan - outside her Holmfirth Studio

“The fabric of place, as much as the fabric of industry, roots Phelan to her local landscape. It’s the stonework that captivates her. From her kitchen window in Holmfirth, she looks across her lane to a beautifully crafted drystone wall. The fields surrounding her home are delineated with similar walls and their constant presence in her day-to-day life resonates throughout the interconnecting structures of her work”

Dr Wendy Rhodes
Printmaking Today | Vol 31 | Summer 2022 | Issue 122 | pp 16-18


Current/Upcoming Exhibitions

Leeds Summer Group Show

5th July – 30th August 2024

Leeds Playhouse

Playhouse Square

Quarry Hill

Leeds LS2 7UP

Small but Mighty

19th – 29th September 2024

Group Exhibition

Bankside Gallery

Thames Riverside

48 Hopton St

London SE1 9JH


Saul Hay Gallery            

Railway Cottage, 33a Collier St, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ

Tarpey Gallery

77 High St, Castle Donnington, Derby DE74 2PQ