First solo exhibition with artwork from around 2013 - 2015.
Claire Murthy Exhibition : ‘Nature’s Tales’
Ripley Arts Centre Bromley Arts Council, London.
24th November 2015 to 25th January 2016
Open evening 23rd November 7-9pm
Through a passion for and understanding of animals, the artist’s detailed artwork captures a realistic interpretation of the animals that she paints as well as their nature.
|Wildlife Art Exhibition London|
Claire is an artist who paints animals – pets and wildlife – and enjoys studying her model subjects as part of the painting process.
Much of her childhood was spent outdoors; she was fascinated with the small creatures she found in the garden, as well as the larger wildlife and birds she discovered in the surrounding Sussex and Surrey countryside; she went on to have the full range of fluffy pets too.
She spent many days around horses and ponies; fortunate in having her own, she progressed to show-jumping and joined The Horse Rangers Association, where she found the opportunity to handle forty magnificent beasts daily, in the mists and rays of the historic Bushy Park across the road from Hampton Court Palace.
Her love of animals extended beyond the equestrian, wildlife and nature found on her home turf; with an interest in photography, she went on to discover the wildlife, not only in England and Scotland, but further afield in Africa, America and Asia. She naturally progressed her interest from simply observing, to understanding and studying the animals in detail.
Interested in art, she learnt formal methods of traditional signwork, letter formation and heraldry, gaining knowledge of paint techniques and traditional gold leaf gilding – whilst developing a keen eye for painting animals. But signwork was a world apart from fine art.
Since having disengaged from the London commute and work travels, she has had the opportunity to pursue fine art animal painting.
In the last few years, she has found herself to be immersed in detailed studies of animal portraits – wild and domestic – and has continued to spend her time observing, photographing animals and picking up knowledge of art appreciation and nature. Through each painting, she works to reveal the essence of an animal’s soul, to enable a conversation with the painting.
“In my wildlife paintings, I strive to capture the essence of a wild animal as much as its physical resemblance – the process of painting an animal helps me to understand it better; often I feel I have got to know it and feel a fondness towards it”.
Claire is a wildlife artist with a passion for and understanding of animals and enjoyment in art, plus patience and determination, evident in her detailed artwork, which captures not only the realistic representation of the animals that she paints, but also, it seems, their souls.