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Claire was born in Kilmarnock in 1964, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1986.

Claire’s work is primarily about the use of colour, shape and texture, so there are often abstract passages in each painting (although there is a clear subject also).

She employs a variety of media and her work is original and exciting..

"Claire's palette is rich in range as well as tone, using a mixture of acrylic and oil pastel, allowing her to produce her characteristically luminous juxtapositions of colours.

Her compositions are carefully structured and despite the brilliant initial effect, a closer inspection reveals her use of colour to articulate space, movement and balance.

Her joy and love of her painting and subjects simmers close to the surface...."

In 1992, Claire became an Elected Professional Member of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society – RSW. She was listed in “20th Century Painters and Sculptors” by Frances Spalding and then again listed in “Who’s Who in Art” 26th edition published by Art Trade Press Ltd. In 2007 she wrote and had published the book entitled “Abstract and Colour, Techniques in Painting”.

Solo Exhibitions:

1988//90/91/93/95/97 Macaulay Gallery, Stenton
1988/90/92/94/96 Christopher Hull Gallery, London
1991/93/95/97/99/2001 Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1992/94/96/2000/02/04/06 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1998 Bruton Street Gallery, London
1999 Flying Colours Gallery, London
2000 Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife
2001/2003/2009 Flying Colours Gallery, London

1986 Mary Armour Award, Glasgow School of Art
1989 Elected Professional Member Scottish Society Artists and Artist Craftsmen
1990 Salvesen Travel Award, shortlisted
1990 The Lily McDougall Award (Scottish Society Artists and Artist Craftsmen)
1992 Elected Professional Member Royal Scottish Watercolour Society
1992 James Torrance Memorial Award (Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts)
1996 Latimer Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
2002 Artists Discovery Commission Award, Club Med
2004 Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship Award, RSW

Artwork by Claire Harrigan RSW View All