Exhibitions At Ropetackle
Current Exhibition: Claire Harrison December 2014 - February 2015
Claire has been painting flowers since she was 3 years old and completed her Fine Art BA (Hons) degree at the Surrey Institute Of Art & Design in 2001. Claire continued to explore her passion for the natural by either painting or using photographic/digital techniques to create artworks of illuminated flora and fauna depicted in a fractal abstract form.
Claire’s work explores nature by studying the patterns and forms that we do not normally notice. Nature is not just a vista, or a landscape, it is the interdependent relationships between all creatures. Claire’s work explores the miniature, minuscule, and microscopic, of both the floral and insect world. She is fascinated by patterns that repeat in nature on all scales, for example a branch mirrors the structure of the overall tree, as does a fern frond mirror the entire leaf.
The majority of inspiration is taken from plants and insects from Claire’s garden, she grows all her flowers from seed (mostly from the Daisy family), gardens and the landscape of Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire. Claire’s work is brightly coloured to remind us how vivid nature can be; patterns and symmetry are used so we re-evaluate and reconsider nature as a perfectly ordered mechanism. We often dismiss this as an overgrown landscape full of creepy crawlies, where in fact it is a complex, beautiful ecosystem of each organism reliant upon another.
After leaving university, Claire applied for a solo exhibition at the Farnham Maltings and within six months had a successful show of 40 new artworks, and shortly after her exhibition Claire was offered a studio at the Maltings, where she was based until her relocation to West Sussex in 2009.
Since 2002 Claire has exhibited across the UK in various selected group and solo shows, and has been invited to write an article for the national publication, ‘Artists & Illustrators’ discussing the validity of photographic and digital work in the contemporary art market. She has also been invited to lead a debate in defending contemporary art for the Farnham Art Society. In the past Claire has regularly exhibited at both the Battersea Contemporary Arts Fair and the Affordable Art Fair in London, and has two works in Frimley Park Hospital as part of their public collection. Last year she successfully exhibited and sold works at Luneburg Art Gallery in Nova Scotia, Canada, and she currently exhibits with The Westcott Gallery, Westcott near Dorking, Shoreham Art Gallery and The Green Tree Gallery in Borde Hill.
Claire enjoys working in the community and has been a Trustee for the Farnham Art Society, a visiting lecturer for Farnborough College Of Technology, and has vast experience in teaching both adults and children. Claire regularly teaches at Guildford Institute, Evolution Arts, Brighton, teaches several one-one tuition students, mentor’s fellow artists, and is frequently asked to give demonstrations and talks.
September - November 2014
April - May 2014
January - March 2014
November - December 2013
July - August 2013