York, United Kingdom
Claire has created art for celebrities, large corporations and advertising agencies. Her artworks are held in private collections around the world and are regularly published in books and magazines. Her large scale portrait of Marilyn in 65 000 Swarovski crystals commissioned for Rihanna, is also featured on the official website of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe. With strong links to Italy and inspired by her studies of Byzantine and Roman mosaics, the artist incorporates crystals as a contemporary medium to re-interpret this ancient art form, as a commentary on and a literal reflection of the narcissistic propensities of a “selfie” culture.
Mortality, ideas of beauty in popular culture, and the conflict between civilization and the natural world are recurring themes. Simultaneously tackling minute detail and the big picture, a darker subtext questions perceptions and preconceptions and explores the opposing concepts of the superficial and the profound. Imbued with symbolism, references to classical literature, topical issues and with art historical antecedents, the work questions our consumer driven world, and mirrors a society where people, animals and inanimate objects are valued mostly for their physical appearance. The portrait artworks reveal the viewer’s own reflection, making observer and observed integral to the overall image, a commentary on modern-day celebrity; a message further enhanced by the intrusive close-cropped compositions.
Claire's latest collection, recently exhibited in London, and featured in The Times, has been described as "metaphors of our time" in examining the effects of humans on other species and questioning the ultimate consequences of this escalating crisis. The works predict an irreversible process as a result of acts of greed and vanity, which will decimate important species and ultimately affect the future of humanity. The collection considers the human capacity for greatness and great harm by exploring both thematic and technical juxtapositions. These include singular animals representing the last of the species created with thousands of individual elements; handprints symbolizing at once the birth of art and the destruction of the planet; meticulous crystal mosaics undercut by semi-abstract painted backgrounds and unheeded graffitied warnings from classical literature in the "dead" language of latin.
Claire's work has been displayed in institutional and museum exhibitions in the UK as well as installations in Harrods and Whiteleys. Her portrait of Amy Winehouse appeared in an exhibition curated by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to mark what would have been the late singer's 30th birthday. Her work has been chosen for five collections with Saatchi Art and has been widely publicised; selected publications include: BBC, BBC Brasil, Blouin Artinfo, Channel News Asia, Complex Magazine, Elle (Spain and Slovenia), Forbes.com, GQ Italia, HELLO! Huffington Post Arts, Huffington Post Celebrity, International Business Times, MTV Style, Newsweek (Poland) OK! (U.K. & China) Swarovski Elements Magazine, Sky Living, The Daily Mail, The Economist (Lithuania), The Sun, The Telegraph and The Times.
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