I am an artist working from my city centre studio in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. I love to paint landscapes, woodscapes and figures in oil which I exhibit around the UK. Please scroll down for more information about my history, inspiration, techniques and influences.
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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.”
A former student of Gt.Yarmouth School of Art, UCE and NUA I ended my artistic education with a BA in Printmaking 1996, after which my work turned towards drawing which is my favourite artistic medium. After working as a Gallery Manager of two galleries for four years I now work as an artist full time from my studio in Norwich city centre. My art work is separated into two distinct disciplines; looking outward into the landscape and inward towards the self. My paintings are colourful and stylised yet retain 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 love to 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, focussing lately on woodland as a theme. 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. Paint remains my medium of choice, the challenge of getting it to work for me is endlessly fascinating.
I am a proud member of The Arborealists artists group who include my landscape paintings in their exhibitions around the UK and Europe. 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. The exhibition showcased a great diversity of art practice, including scale, medium, style and philosophy, centred around the unifying subject of the tree. The group continues to move forward based on this philosophy with alliances with The Forestry Commission and The Woodland Trust and with many projects forthcoming and developing for the future and I am immensely grateful for their support and intellect, experience and enthusiasm. I am excited to be involved with several exhibitions around the UK and Europe with The Arborealists in 2018/2019, all detailed on my Exhibitions page. My artistic influences include Victor Passmore, Cy Twombly, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Tracy Emin, Ben Nicholson, Yves Klein, Katherine Bradford, George Shaw, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, Susan Rothenberg, Edvard Munch, Sandro Botticelli, Alfred Wallis, Antony Gormley, Milton Avery, Billy Childish, Luke Hannam, Max Sekel, Daniel Heidkamp, Peter Doig, Felix Vallotton, Henrietta Dubrey, Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ishii Nobuo and Alberto Giacometti amongst many others.