Rise Art’s Rebecca Gordon says:
“I particularly like Claire Cansick’s female figure series. Her play with perspective and linear quality of drawing result in isolated, otherworldly female giants. They remind me of the work of Egon Scheile.”
The Insider Adriana Marques says:
“Claire’s stylised take on our natural and human world creates beautiful compositions that lure us in. The dappled light in her forest scenes appears tangible and seductive, while her towering female figures provide another eerie perspective on the familar.”
My art work is separated into two distinct disciplines; looking outward into the landscape and inward towards the self.
My oil paintings are colourful and stylised yet retain a knowledge and a keen eye honed in art school figure drawing classes at Gt Yarmouth School of Art. Figure drawing opened a love for technical challenges within me, one that I still explore over again by pushing perspective in my figure work, whilst striving to retain equilibrium of the body. I also explore the infinite possibilities offered by landscape painting, within colour, perspective, light and composition while capturing the essence and atmosphere. Trees are a focal point and I love to put them centre stage within my landscape paintings. After completing a BA Fine Art Printmaking at NUA I continued to paint and draw at home where I developed oil painting skills which are largely self taught through my own practice and experimentation.
I am a member of The Arborealists artists group who include her landscape paintings in exhibitions around the country. The Arborealists were formed in 2013, the brain-child of curator and artist Tim Craven after the critical success of Under the Green Wood : Picturing the British Tree, an exhibition he co-curated with Steve Marshall and Professor Anne Anderson at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire. This exhibition was formed of two distinct parts. Part one was an historical review of artists who had occupied themselves drawing and painting trees and tree-landscapes and included, John Constable, Paul Nash and Paul Sanby amongst other nineteenth and twentieth century celebrated artists. Part two featured 32 contemporary artists, represented by one work each, and included a Turner Prize short-listee and two Royal Academicians but also less well-known artists who had given trees, forests and woods a special value and who had developed new perceptions of painting and language while painting trees. The exhibition showcased a great diversity of art practice, including scale, medium, style and philosophy, centered around the unifying subject of the tree.
My artistic influences include Victor Passmore, Cy Twombly, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Tracy Emin, Ben Nicholson, Yves Klein, Andrew Pope, Katherine Bradford, George Shaw, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, Susan Rothenberg, Edvard Munch, Botticelli, Alfred Wallis, Antony Gormley, Milton Avery, Billy Childish, Luke Hannam and Giacometti.
I work from my studio in Norwich city centre.