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Artist Profiles » Clare Purser

Clare PurserClare studied at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, gaining a Certificate in Art and Design in 1991, a Bachelor of Visual Art in 1996 and an Honors Degree in 1997. Clare has been exhibiting regularly since 1994 in group and solo exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

Clare’s abstract paintings seek to evoke and suggest ideas of the New Zealand landscape, both the urban and rural. Through the use of oil paint, textures and mark making the artist is attempting to convey an emotive response to the landscape. Ideas of belonging, identity, landscape and sense of place are central to her work. “I’m interested in paintings that describe the landscape in abstract terms. I try to evoke and suggest ideas through the medium of paint without being overly descriptive.”

Clare’s work uses oil paint on either canvas or board, she uses many layers of paint, mixed with pencil and charcoal to achieve a feeling of depth and luminosity of colour.

Clare’s work is held in collections both in New Zealand and internationally. In 1996 she was awarded The Tweed Valley Art Prize for Painting at the Tweed Valley Regional Gallery, in Murwillumbah, New South Wales and in 2004 the Jack McClure Award (North Shore Art Awards) 2004.

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