Claire McCarthy shares with us an evocative, vibrant portfolio of paintings using watercolours, oils, acrylics and some latest pieces experimenting with egg tempera. Inspired by the living shores, landscapes, architecture and maritime industry, her purpose as an artist is to portray an authentic view of life and showing a universal desire for connection within sequences of nature, culture and working industry.
In 2016, Claire set sail on an unprecedented art experience and boarded Mersey ferries with her easel, watercolours, canvas and paints, challenging herself to build up a new and exciting portfolio from “Plein air” painting. These works were exhibited at her solo show “Expressive Art on the Mersey” at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum during the spring of 2017.
Since then Claire is frequently hired to do commissions for businesses within the Maritime industry. A&P Group who are a worldwide ship repair company requested her to paint two large contemplative paintings of the working shipyard in Falmouth.
The Archdioceses of Liverpool also commissioned a painting of the Mother and Child. Claire is now making way towards her forthcoming project and presently exhibiting at the 2019 WSA Open in The Williamson’ and at Editions Gallery, Liverpool.
Claire McCarthy's "Council House Window and Kitchen Sink in The Morning” was part of Threadneedle Prize Exhibition at the
Mall Galleries in 2012. The painting represented a dream of spending time with her father, it was a her childhood view of looking out across the cluttered sink and through the kitchen window, sighting the terrace houses and a tower block in Croxteth. The painting was sold from the Mall Galleries and became part of a private collection.
Artist influences, in no particular order: Frank Auerbach, Joan Eardley, John Hoyland, John Houston, Mark Rothko,
Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Kossoff, J.W.Turner,
Edward Hopper, Georgia OKeefe, Lee Krasner, Wassilly Kandinsky, and C.Y. Twombly.
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