Claire Shakespeare (b. 1998, Stourbridge, UK)
Lives and works in London, UK
Claire Shakespeare (she/they) studied BA Fine Art Painting at the University of Brighton. Their practice captures the everyday experience through an investigation of improvisation and chance within painting. Shakespeare has had two solo shows including Wobbly Knee with Devonshire Collective, Eastbourne in 2023 and Frontal Dancer at the Fitzrovia Gallery, London in 2022.
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Driven by impulse and material processes, works incorporate the act of painting as a means of searching for familiarity in the unknown. Work is led not by the destination, but to embrace the unknowability and accidental within its own creation. By adding, obliterating and reassembling, imagery emerges from an accumulation of layered and erased marks. With tactile surfaces, ambiguous motifs move sinuously between semi-abstraction and figurative objects; covering and uncovering until there is a moment of recognition. Resulting works are often suggestive and comical, acting as innuendoes to the body or natural landscape.