Oliver Clare was born in Birmingham, England in 1853. He was a painter of still-life pictures with fruit and flowers. He was trained by his father, George.

Oliver was a member of the famed Clare family of painters, the son of George and the brother of Vincent. All three members worked mainly in Birmingham and painted similar subjects.

Oliver Clare was notorious for often settling local pub tabs with his paintings.

While living in Birmingham, a local health firm by the name of "Health Food Stores" commissioned him to paint still-lives so that they could be reproduced on postcards and posters.

Clare exhibited many paintings during his lifetime, including eighteen works at The Royal Society of British Artists, Birmingham, The Walker Gallery, Liverpool and The Manchester Gallery, Manchester.

During the late 1870s and early 1880s, he lived in London and exhibited works at The Royal Academy and The Royal Society of British Artists.

Oliver Clare died in 1927. 

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