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CLAIRE NICOL

Born in 1964 in Canada, Claire grew up in Kilmarnock and studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1983 - 1987. She painted for several years in Glasgow before turning to teaching in 1992. She taught art and design and now lives and works in Scotland. In her still-life paintings, she presents a domestic scene with an edge. Many of her images have a faded quality, inspired by ancient tapestries and parchment. The distressed, painted surface is significant and acknowledges the passage of time. Claire works in acrylics and occasionally mixed media. The paintings are often semi-abstract and an obvious influence is Cubism, with its flattened perspective. There are traces of Gauguin and Kahlo in the more vibrant pieces and the subtle influence of Morandi is evident in her more tonal work. Claire says, ‘The bold, flat shapes pay homage to Folk Art and become colourful symbols rather than objects. Negative and positive create an uneasy symmetry. On the scratched table, kitchen utensils are arranged like weapons, while bottles and bowls are mysteriously numbered. Shapes and patterns are repeated like faint shadows'. Claire has exhibited in various galleries in Scotland and London, including the RGI in Glasgow.