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Judith Clute is a Canadian born British painter and printmaker, living in London England since 1969. Her art has fitted into the reaches of Fantastica since she first began creating images for New Worlds sf magazine in the 1970’s. She has paintings and etchings in private collections in Canada, UK, USA, Spain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Australia.
Science Fiction Book covers include several designed for the Womens’ Press sf.in the mid 1980’s: Extra(Ordinary) People, Joanna Russ (1985); The Adventures of Alex, Joanna Russ (1985); The Female Man, Joanna Russ (1985); The Two of Them, Joanna Russ (1986); We Who Are About To…, Joanna Russ (1987); The Hidden Side of the Moon, Joanna Russ (1989).
And covers for various other authors including: John Clute, Colin Greenland, Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Hand, and Gary K Wolfe, Judith Kerman & Don Riggs. Publishers include: Serconia Press, Routledge and Keegan, Beccon Publications, Liverpool University Press and Mayapple Press.
With Henry Wessells she has created three extremely limited fine-press editions (published by his firm Temporary Culture) which have all sold out: Forever Peace – to Stop War (2008) featuring a poem by Joe Haldeman; Against the Art of War (2013) featuring poems by Ernest Hilbert and Henry Wessells; Extended Range; Or, the Accession label (2015) a short story by Henry Wessells. Several of these have been purchased by the Pierpont Morgan Library , Yale University, and Duke University.
In 2017 – commissioned album cover for Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spell: I CAN SPIN A RAINBOW.
She was awarded The Eurocon “Hall of Fame” Best Artist Award for 2017. (European Science Fiction Society). Also in that year she was Artist Guest of Honour at the British SF annual convention: Eastercon 2017.
In 2019 – Geoff Ryman wrote the catalogue to Judith’s exhibition for the Camden Image Gallery: Judith Clute’s Tantalizing 37th Album, a Beccon Publication.
Judith Clute was born Judith Rosanne Wood James, Edmonton, Alberta, 16 May 1942. Married John Clute 14 December 1964 in Toronto.
~ In the 1960’s – under her maiden name – Fine Art Annual Purchase award, Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada (’61); Vancouver Art Gallery juried group, Vancouver, Canada (’62); Pennell Gallery solo Toronto (’64). She first exhibited as Judith Clute at the Aspen School of Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Aspen, Colorado, USA (’65).
~ In the 1970’s in London England. Illustrations for New Worlds Magazine, and painting exhibitions at venues like the London New Arts Lab (’70); Ung Generation in Stockholm (’72); Triad Regional Art Centre, Bishop’s Stortford UK (’74); Revolution USA juried group show, London (‘75); Chichester National Art Exhibition juried group Chichester UK (’75); The Arts Council of Great Britain Award, (’75) (note the Arts Council of Great Britain divided in 1994); Parkway Focus Gallery, solo London, UK (’76); Spirit of London juried group (’77).
~ In the 1980’s – Woodstock Gallery, solo London, UK (’80); Mandeer Gallery, solo London, UK (’81); Angela Flowers invitational group, London, UK (’82); Vortex Gallery, solo, London, UK (’85); Association of Illustrators Tenth Annual juried, group, London, UK (’85); Fearful Symmetries World SF Convention, group, Brighton, UK (87); Blenheim Gallery, solo, London, UK (’88); Victor House Open Studio (87).
~ In the 1990’s – British Fantasy Convention, group, Birmingham, UK (’94); Lauderdale House Gallery, solo, London, UK (’95); British Fantasy Convention, group, London, UK (’96); World S.F. Convention (Intervention) group, Glasgow, UK (’96); International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, group, Florida, USA (’98); British S.F. Convention (Reconvene) group, Liverpool, UK (’99).
~ in the 2000’s – A Celebration of British Science Fiction, guest artist, Liverpool, UK (’01); Cecil Sharp House, solo, London, UK ((’02); Cecelia Purcell: Across the Board, group, London, UK (’02); International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, group, Florida, USA (’03); World SF Convention (Torcon), group, Toronto, Canada (’03); Sweetwater Print Co-op, Two person with Joe Haldeman, Gainesville, Florida, USA (’04); Museum of Blackburn, group, Blackburn, UK (’05); World SF Convention (Interaction) group, Glasgow, UK (‘’05); Artichoke at Affordable Art Fair, group, London, UK (’06); Galleria Becker, solo, Jyväskylä, Finland (’07); Clifford Chance, Artichoke Printmaking group, London, UK (’08).
~ In the 2010’s – The North Lincolnshire National Print Open 2010, North Lincolnshire, UK (’10); Schüttskasten Gallery, solo, Primmersdorf, Austria (’11); Institute Slavonice, solo, Slavonice, Czech Republic (’11); Bankside Gallery, Artichoke 20 years, group, London, UK (’12); Prague College, solo (Darkening Garden) Prague, Czech Republic (’12); Institute Slavonice, solo, Darkening Garden, Slavonice, Czech Republic (’13); Ropewalk Print Exhibition, juried, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, UK (’14); World SF Convention (Loncon 3) group, Excel Centre, London, UK (’14); Camden Image Gallery, solo, (Darkening Garden), London, UK (’16); 5412 NW 14th Ave, darkening garden etchings, solo, Gainesville, Florida (’17); 68th National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) group, Guest of Honour, Birmingham, UK (’17); Gerry’s Club Soho, Antonia Moore and friends, group, London, UK (’18); an arts lab continuum at Spitalfields Studios, founder/participants from the late 1960’s, group, London, (’18); Woolwich Art Fair, London (’18); “Masques of the Disappeared” solo, Camden Image Gallery, London, (“19); Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London (’19); Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London (’22).
~ Clute is represented at length in two books on the relationship of fine art and illustration: Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery (2002) edited by Paul Barnett; Fantasy Art Masters (Collins 2002) edited by Dick Jude.
She has been interviewed occasionally. An example is with Cheryl Morgan for The Salon Futura Magazine – https://vimeo.com/18363058.
Along with John Clute, Judith Clute is the subject of a full scale festschrift: Polder (Old Earth Books 2006) edited by Farah Mendlesohn. Contributors: Tom Disch, Damien Broderick, Rob Latham, Scott Bradfield, Paul Kincaid, Brian Aldiss, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Ian Watson, Neil Gaiman, Javier A Martinez, Andrew M Butler, Jack Womack, Gary K Wolfe, M John Harrison, Edward James, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ellen Datlow, Elizabeth Hand, Graham Sleight, Roz Kaveney, Pamela Zoline.