Claire’s work is redolent with deeply personal interpretations of landscapes in and around her Dorset home. She trained at Camberwell School of Art and The Art School, University of Brighton. Claire has exhibited widely, most notably at The Royal Academy. Her work is held in collections in London and New York.
Claire’s painting moves beyond nature’s immediate appearance and evokes a state of mind: a sense of self in relation to place, its primordial history, and the wild, cyclical rhythms of the seasons and elements. Works consist of layers of paint, glue, inks and other materials, such as honeycomb and lace. She experiments to create tactile, undulating surfaces, which are visceral responses in which she aims to express the vitality of artist and subject.
Her primary occupation is the landscape, both physical and emotional. She works extensively in mixed media on paper, and varies her subject matter to include flowers, figures, still life and urban scenes.
When working on large scale pieces Claire is literally, an action painter - and this manner of proceeding applies equally to her drawing style as well. As an MA student she was excited by the work of the American Abstract Expressionists, particularly Joan Mitchell and Franz Kline, and she has completed a number of semi-abstract expressionist landscapes in response to their examples.
Inspired by Frank Bowling, Claire will often start a work by pouring paint on to a canvas, and a paint brush will be exchanged for a large wire broom. Drawings are likewise lashed and scored in gestural marks to a raw beauty, evincing a powerful physical presence which approaches low relief.
Currently, Claire takes inspiration from Joan Eardley’s depiction of the land and seascapes of Catterline when working en plein air on Cranborne Chase. She creates a fierce vision of landscape, disclosing absolute recognition of the violence in nature; a metaphor for the tumult of the human condition.
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