Claire Brewster

Since I could first pick up a pencil, art was the only thing I was really interested in. My journey to become a professional artist has involved living in Spain and Romania and working for a high-profile architects’ practice, amongst other things, whilst always working on my art. I have been living and working in London for over 25 years. My work has been exhibited and published widely and is in private collections all over the world. 

My process involves collage, painting, pouring, stippling, and layering paint on paper or card. My aim is to test the limits of the paper and paint. I am looking for reactions between the paint and the paper and how one layer of paint is impacted by the preceding layers. There is often buckling, cracking, and distortions in colours. The unpredictability of this is a thrill to me. I am always testing the materials, colours, and textures to act beyond what I expect and can control. I encourage the paint to do things it’s not supposed to do to create happy accidents. 

I use figures cut from glossy magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Tatler, as an act of subversion I cut up the magazines, collecting pictures of women, taking them from their original context. I transform them beyond recognition to create ethereal yet provocative works that question our notions of identity.