Claire McCarthy shares with us an evocative and expressive portfolio of paintings using watercolours, oils, acrylics and some pieces where she has experimented using natural pigments with egg tempera.
Inspired by the living shores, landscapes, architecture and maritime industry, her purpose as an artist is to portray an authentic view of living. It is where she explores the spirituality and a universal desire for connection within the soul, the sequences of life, nature, culture and the world of industry.
Claire McCarthy exhibited at the Mall Galleries Threadneedle Prize Exhibition in 2012. The painting was called “Council House Window and Kitchen Sink in The Morning” and it sold and became part of a private collection. The painting represented a dream of being in her childhood home with her Father.
In 2016, She set sail on an unprecedented art experience and boarded Mersey ferries with her easel, watercolours, canvas and paints, challenging herself to build up a new and exciting portfolio of “Plein air” paintings. These works were exhibited at her solo show “Expressive Art on the Mersey” at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum during the spring of 2017.
Since then Claire’s been frequently hired to do commissions for businesses within the Maritime industry, one from A&P Group who are a worldwide ship repair company and she painted contemplative workings of the shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall. It was a six month project which two large canvas paintings of A+P Groups working dock was presented.
Claire also completed a number of commissions also for The Liverpool Archdioceses, latest was a painting of the Madonna and Child. The artist is now making way towards her forthcoming project and is presently exhibiting at the 2019 WSA Open at The Williamson’ and at another gallery, Editions Ltd in Liverpool.
Artist influences, in no particular order: Frank Auerbach, Joan Eardley, John Hoyland, John Houston, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Kossoff, J.W.Turner, Edward Hopper, Georgia OKeefe, Lee Krasner, Wassilly Kandinsky, and C.Y. Twombly.