Beastly

Claudia Rankin

02 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019

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Claudia Rankin presents her second solo exhibition at The Gallery this October. Beastly will bring a fantastical array of ceramic creatures to the gallery in the form of both sculptural and functional works such as animal candelabras and platters. Eyes are wide and fangs are bared – picture the lion from The Wizard of Oz or heraldic beasts from antiquity, whose posturing is touched with absurdity.

Claudia Rankin lives and works in Northumberland. Growing up in London, she spent many afternoons as a child exploring the textile and ceramic collections within the Victoria & Albert Museum. This led her to an enduring love of colour, motif, pattern and historical narratives; all of which are encapsulated within her work. Following a Foundation year at Wimbledon School of Art, Rankin studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art (1984-1987), before completing an MA in Sculpture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1987-1989). Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Claudia Rankin is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates visually exciting work which is constantly evolving. This exhibition follows her first solo exhibition with The Scottish Gallery - Ornament - which took place in October 2017.

Click here to read more about Claudia's practice, why she became interested in ceramics, her inspirations and her processes.

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