Claire HarkessRSW Born: 1970
Place of Birth: Ayr
Claire Harkess was born in Ayr, Scotland, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in the early 1990s. In recent years her painting has taken her to fragile lands to study and interpret life on the edge. Antarctica, Outback Australia and St Kilda are all places where, in such extreme environments, survival is difficult and the balance of life is delicate. Six hundred miles due west of Ecuador surrounded by the Pacific Ocean lie the Galápagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin’s ‘The Origin of the Species’. This isolated volcanic outpost remained relatively untouched by man, evolving to become one of the World’s unique ecosystems. The balance present in nature is clearly communicated through the paintings. Painting in watercolour offers a unique directness; the essential qualities of light and energy present in the natural world are the very essence of the medium itself. The delicacy of her palette and oriental economy of her mark-making creates a subtle tension representing a world that is ‘holding still’, giving a sense of freedom, spirit, time and place. Claire exhibited at The Scottish Gallery in April 2018, exploring the idea of 'A Wilder Place'.
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Lynx Portrait v View details
Lynx Portrait vwatercolourH:38cm W:56cm£2,500Female Caper ii View details
Female Caper iiwatercolour on Chinese paperH:20cm W:33cm£850Male Caper iii View details
Male Caper iiiink and watercolour on Chinese paperH:33cm W:33cm£900Capercaillie - Lost 1785, reintroduced 1837 View details
Capercaillie - Lost 1785, reintroduced 1837watercolourH:71cm W:53cm£3,250Common Crane - Lost 1542, re-established 1979 View details
Common Crane - Lost 1542, re-established 1979watercolourH:99cm W:55cm£4,900Crossbill, female View details
Crossbill, femalewatercolour on Chinese paperH:33cm W:20cm£850Eagle Owl i View details
Eagle Owl iwatercolourH:70cm W:102cm£5,800Wolf Portrait v View details