Claire Burke

Claire grew up in rural Cornwall, from the start she had a passion for making art. She followed her vocation by studying firstly at Falmouth College of Art and then moving to London for a degree in painting at Central St Martins. She is an elected life member of The Newlyn Art Society and has exhibited at The Victor Passmore Gallery as an influential young Cornish Artist.

Claire has been making and selling work since graduating in 1994 from Central St. Martins. She has exhibited regularly both in the UK and abroad throughout the last 14 years, achieving a reputation in both academic and commercial arenas. Her work has now reached over 15 different countries.

The pieces although abstract are influenced by the space and light of Claire's Cornish homeland. The luminous colours and mysterious rectangles create an aura of presence, deliberately still and quiet, a meditative play with space, tone, intensity and subtle hues.

‘What one actually sees is full of spontaneity and developing movement that is almost musical and which also conveys a sense of the spaciousness of landscape."

"Her latest work in particular seems to float free of the canvas. This is Art on which the eye lingers, but which also gives food for thought.

The panels are constructed with a variety of materials including copper leaf, acrylic paint, graphite powder, crackle glaze, gilding wax and pure dry pigments. The works are an exploration in texture and material, particularly the boundaries between the surfaces. As with all of Claire Burke's work, the process and its visibility through the layers of applied material comprise a large part of the content. Her simple individual panels combine to form an aesthetic dialogue that refers to both natural and man-made surfaces.

Claire's exhibitions are listed below:-

Nov 2007 Art for Life, The Smithfield Gallery, Cobalt Fine Arts
Oct 2007 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Sept 2007 Karen Taylor Gallery
Sept 2007 London Design Week
June 2007 The Gallery, Dulwich
June 2007 Park Art at Selfridges
May 2007 Newcastle Art Fair, Fusion Gallery
May 2˜7 Glasgow Art Fair, Fusion Gallery
April 2007 Lennox Gallery, Carina Haslem Fine Art
April 2007 Bristol Art Fair, Fusion Gallery
Jan 2007 Work aquired for Claredon Bank Collection
Dec 2006 The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace
Dec 2006 Fusion Gallery, Bristol
Oct 2006 The Affordable Art Fair, Cobalt Fine Arts
Sept 2006 Solo Show. Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth, Northumberland
Feb 2006 Cobalt Fine Arts, The Bargehouse SE1, The Artist curated and exhibited
Sept 2005 Solo Show, St Giles St. Gallery, Norwich

A selection of Claire's available originals and limited edition prints may be viewed (link)

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