Claire Harrison studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Goldsmiths’ College, London before gaining a British Council Scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. She exhibits locally and has shown work in Prague and RWA, Bristol. She is a strong advocate of the Big Draw and finds leading projects at local schools inspirational.
My work is primarily concerned with the balance that exists between line, colour and space. The current work contains figurative references that derive from natural forms and architectural structures. During the early stages the paintings are made systematically with colour, printing and collage working together on the surface. I then enjoy playing instinctively with paint in order to produce a rich base. During the later stages work is generally done using line referring to sketches made in the garden and on holiday. I over work obliterating parts until the piece is full of layers of harmonies with motifs working contrapuntally.
Claire Harrison 2009