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ARTIST PROFILE

Claire Needham MA UKCPS

Scottish born, Fife-based artist, Claire Needham's work is based on a passion for all things portraiture. Her artistic influences range from artists like Lucien Freud and Paula Rego (admiring how they capture a narrative through their depiction of the human form), to Bonny Snowdon and Jesse Lane for their mastery of colour pencils.

Claire graduated in 2005 with an MA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from The University of Edinburgh. A combined History of Art degree at the University, and Drawing and Painting degree at the Edinburgh College of Art. 

 

Since 2019, Claire has specialised in the medium of colour pencils, and gone on to become an award winning artist and Signature Member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS), Her work has been published in International Artist Magazines and books, as well as juried in several high profile exhibitions, including the Scottish Portrait Awards (longlist 2020, 2021, 2022), The RSA Annual Exhibition 2021 and The UKCPS Gala Exhibition 2021 in London. 

A selection of Claire's work can be seen in The Spence Gallery in Crieff and Cutting Corners Print and Picture Framing Studio in Dunfermline. Prints and Artisan Giftware are available to purchase at each venue and online.

Exhibitions:

  • Puluh the Sumatran Orangutan, UKCPS Annual Open Exhibition 2023..

  • Emotional Spectrum, UKCPS Inside the Lines 6 2022, Awarded 'Reserve Best in Show'.​

  • Personal Space, Longlist Exhibition, Scottish Portrait Awards 2022.

  • Sleep Study, UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2022.

  • Swift Comprehension, Longlist Exhibition, Scottish Portrait Awards 2021.

  • Swift Comprehension, UKCPS Inside the Lines 5 2021.

  • In My Bubble, UKCPS Gala Exhibition 2021, OXO Tower, South Bank, London.

  • Max, 195th Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Annual Exhibition 2021.

  • Spidergirl, UKCPS Inside the Lines 4 2020.

  • Max, UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2020.

  • Stop and Search, Longlist Exhibition, Scottish Portrait Awards 2020.

 

Publications:

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  • Swift Comprehension, CP Treasures Volume 8: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe, paperback, 2022.

  • Swift Comprehension, Showcase Feature, Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine, December 2021.

  • Mother on the Edge, UKCPS Feature, Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine, December 2020

  • Spidergirl, CP Treasures Volume 7: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe, paperback, 2020

  • Max, Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine, July 2020.

 

UKCPS Certificate
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