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ARTIST PROFILE

Claire Needham MA UKCPS

Scottish born, Fife-based artist, Claire Needham's work is based on a love of drawing and everything portraiture, people, pets and wildlife.

Claire graduated in 2005 with an MA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from The University of Edinburgh.

 

A 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. 

Claire's work can be seen permanently 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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The driving force behind my portraits is an enduring interest and fascination in how a face can tell a story, challenge our understanding, and leave an emotional resonance with the viewer.

Drawing a portrait is an exercise in mindfulness, as with each stroke of the pencil I get closer to understanding and appreciating the complexities of the subject.

Exhibitions:

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

  • Max, UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2020.

  • Spidergirl, UKCPS Inside the Lines 4 2020.

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

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

  • Swift Comprehension, UKCPS Inside the Lines 5 2021.

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

  • Sleep Study, UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2022.

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

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

 

Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

 

UKCPS Certificate
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