Oliver Clare comes from a prolific Birmingham family of artists. He was the son of George Clare and the brother of Vincent. His paintings depict mostly still lifes of fruit and garden flowers, often on mossy banks.
The artist exhibited only one painting at the Royal Academy, but at the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists he exhibited no less than thirty-nine paintings as well as three at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, six at the Manchester City Art Gallery and two at Suffolk Street.
Oliver’s miraculous technique and finish are always breathtaking; brush strokes are invisible and the urge to wipe the dewdrops off the surface of the painting is almost irresistible.