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Claire Harkess RSW

Claire HarkessClaire was born in Ayr and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the early 1990s. In 2005 she was elected member of RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour).
With a passion for the natural world - birds, wildlife and landscapes, Claire’s painting has taken her around the world - Antarctica, Outback Australia, St Kilda, India, the Galápagos Islands - all places where, in extreme environments, survival is difficult and the balance of life is delicate.
In 2009 she visited several of Kenya’s National Parks, her first time in Africa.
From the source material gathered, memories are digested, ideas develop and the paintings, predominantly in watercolour, are realised. Working intuitively her work is immediate. The energy of movement is mirrored in the action to paint it and to strive for a painting to look as effortless as flight is a constant challenge.

Claire lives and works in Perth

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 ‘Under African Skies- New Paintings’ Queen’s Gallery, Dundee
2009 ‘Worn Tracks, New Marks- Kenya’ Strathearn Gallery
2008 ‘Galapagos’ Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 ‘St Kilda’ Plockton Gallery
2006 Peter Potter, Haddington
2005 ‘Antarctica’, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
2004 Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr
2003 Green Gallery, Aberfoyle
2000 ‘Outback and Beyond’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1999,’01 Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
1999 Peter Potter, Haddington
1998 Edinburgh Zoo
1997 University of York
1997 Cross Keys Gallery, Perth
1997 Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010, ’00,’98, Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
2006-‘10 Wade Gallery, Elie
1996-‘10 Frames Gallery, Perth
1998-‘10 Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
2007 Qi Baishi International Festival, Xiangtan, Hunan Province, China
2006 Kaire-Desire Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2006 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2006, 05, 04 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2005 RSPB, Gymnasium, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
2005- Castle Gallery, Bute
2004 Thomas Henry, Fine Art, Nantucket, USA
2004 Galerie Dauphin, Singapore
2003 Green Gallery, Munich
2003 Wren Gallery, Oxford
2003- Plockton Gallery, West Highlands
2000 Panter and Hall, London
1998 Flying Colours Gallery, London
1996 New Faces, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
1995 Aberdeen Hospital
1992 ‘Contain’, Sydney Australia
1991 The Old Museum, Belfast

Art Fairs
1998- Art in the Square, Glasgow
Affordable Art Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, New York
Works on Paper, London

Public Collections
Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council
Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Invited Artist
2004 Dunkeld Cathedral Annual Exhibition
2004 Perthshire Art Association, Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Awards/ Competitions
2010 Riverside Gallery Award, RSW
2006 Perth and Kinross Artists’ Award
2002 Windsor and Newton, RSW
2002 Exhibitor at Singer and
1996 Arches Winter Painting Competition (wildlife)

1998 The Royal Zoological Society, Edinburgh

1998 Summer School, Edinburgh College of Art
99-08 Dollar Summer School

2002 Landward, BBC: Art and Nature
1998 Ex-s BBC Scotland ‘The Zoo’ - documentary of the artist-in-residence programme at Edinburgh Zoo

Study Visits
2010 National Parks of India
2009 National Parks of Kenya
2008 The Galápagos Islands
2007 Cultural Exchange and Exhibition, Xiangtan, Hunan, China
2007 St Kitts, Nevis
2006 Australian Outback
2005, 06, 07 St Kilda, Scotland
2005 Grenada, Tobago
2004 Antarctica and South Georgia
2003 Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad
2002 Portugal
2002 Cuba
2002 Mexico: migration of the Monarch Butterfly
2001 Letterewe Estate, Wester Ross: Commissioned paintings ‘A Highland Deer Herd and Its Habitat’ pbl Red Lion Press, London
2001 Isle of May, Scotland
2000 Australia, Eastern and Central regions


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