Featured Artist of the month – Claude Allweathers Clare

Written by Alex McIntyre

On November 1, 2014

20141129_155354_Openshaw Way~2Claude Allweathers is a fellow with Digswell Arts at the Fenner Building Letchworth. UK. After finishing a master’s in Fine Arts in Barcelona 1999 and bumming around Spain for ten years he came back to UK to Letchworth. Finding  work as a road sweeper he adopted the pseudonym ALLWEATHERS because everyday someone would say to him ” you must be out in all weathers” they still do.

it wasn’t long before the digswell arts trust took over the fenner building and he saw the opportunity of a studio to paint in.This show ”death is not the end” is his first solo show in england this century and is a continuation of his usual style working from inside out

by Daniel Thiele

Traverse the raw kaleidoscopic interior landscapes of a nomadic soul in search of the transformative essence of his own renaissance.Descend into the Dantesque labyrinthine depths of each fragmented canvas and engage in a titanic struggle between two-edged demons and primeval emotions.
Frantic,angry,volcanic energy erupts into a mixture of dark,threatening forces and redeeming sources of spirit, fusing into a shamanic harmony of fluorescent colours.
Ancient, tribal, religious and mythical totemic motifs are strewn across these magical mindscapes like guiding clues to springs of nourishment from a lost world.
Layer by layer, he strips away outgrown protective masks, deconstructing conditioned and self-made disfigured parts of himself. Risking fragile vulnerability, he tentatively begins the pursuit of the ethereal regions of self-renewal.
Allweathers, a humble road sweeper and a spontaneous uncompromising, brutal artist, weathers all, in a courageous effort to sweep away the debris of his own hell.
Somewhere amongst all the debris lie buried treasures…….
“I’m a tormented dreamer,”says Allweathers,

  1. How would you describe your current practice (e.g. materials, techniques, themes, key questions, approach)?

My paintings are large so I can attack them better, I don’t like to think too much its always the good stuff that happens in a flash so that’s where I lay. At the moment I’m using acrylics but  use oils and mix them with crayons and anything that comes to hand my work is all about the moment.

  1. What are you working on at the moment (forthcoming exhibitions, events, workshops etc)?

The work I’m doing at the moment is being exhibited at the Fenner gallery now and I have sold most of it which is nice . I like to have a stock also so I’m ready to show at any given time.

  1. What are your plans for the coming year.

I will continue to work on big self made canvasses and try to improve my thing.

  1. What is the question you get asked most about your work and how do you answer it?

There isn’t a question because people don’t ask me questions normally. This will probably change in the future.

  1. What or who inspired you to be an artist and why? 

A chain of events which started when I read Pollocks biography, followed by working as a painter and decorator and putting it all together in art school. I was inspired by the late Alan Davie whom I met at collage .

  1. Which artist do you most admire and why? 

Alan Davie because of the richness of his paintings

  1. How has your relationship with Digswell Arts Trust strengthened your practice as an artist?

The trust is my place of work and I love to be there ,I work all the time thanks to Digswell. There’s no other way to improve in my book.

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