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Monday 15 July 2024

Weaving with Paint

10 March 2023 - 16 April 2023

Weaving with Paint

Clare Jaque Vasquez

Clare Jaque Vasquez, The common thread, 2022, Acrylic, oil and impasto on canvas, 195 x 195cm. Photograph: Amanda Galea. 

This exhibition features works by Clare Jaque Vasquez, an emerging Indigenous artist from Gomeroi / Kamilaroi Nation who operates from a studio based in North Queensland. The artist's innovative work extends her stories of growing up on Gomeroi Country and the role of women weaving.

Read Clare's exhibition catalogue here.

Clare Jaque Vasquez is an emerging Indigenous artist from Gomeroi and Kamilaroi Nation. Born to a Gomeroi mother and Welsh father, Clare grew up in Sydney and moved back on Country in community in a small town near Tamworth. Clare now works from a studio based on Bindal & Wulgurukaba Country in north QLD. Clare’s works capture stories and weaving practices in a raised textural form leveraging natural art tools to apply texture. These tools include different natural brushes, branches and sticks through to palm tree fibres and are specifically used to connect the works with country. Clare works in layers to embed and protect stories by weaving with paint and uniquely concocted textual mediums which appear to be etched, embedded and scarred onto the canvas. The process of creating the mixed-media, textural works is timely and can take up to 7-12 weeks to complete.

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.