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Claire was born in Kilmarnock in 1964. She grew up in Ayr - where she still lives- in a family of painters. She shared an exhibition in September 2001 here at the Manor House Gallery with her father James. Her mother - Elspeth - was a distinguished botanical artist who sadly died two years ago. In 1982 she went to the Glasgow School of Art, where  the influence of the Scottish Colourists is always present. Claire graduated in 1986. In 1991 Claire had her first solo exhibition at the Gatehouse Gallery in Glasgow where she has exhibited regularly since. Other solo exhibitions have been at the Christopher Hull Gallery and Bruton Street Gallery in London and The Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. Claire was elected a Professional Member of the RSW in 1992 and won the RGI James Torrance Award the same year.  In 1996 she won the RSA Latimer Award. Writing in the catalogue for her exhibition at the Gatehouse Gallery in 1999 Adam Butler said....."Claire's palette is rich in range as well as tone, using a mixture of acrylic and oil pastel, allowing her to produce her characteristically luminous juxtapositions of colours. Her compositions are carefully structured and despite the brilliant initial effect, a closer inspection reveals her use of colour to articulate space, movement and balance. He joy and love of her painting and subjects simmers close to the surface...."

 

 

 

RECENTLY SOLD IN THE GALLERY

 

Claire Harrigan RSW  "Bunch of Gerberas"   22 x 14  Acrylic and Oil Pastel   Claire Harrigan RSW  "Open Doors"   23 x 29  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  2200  Claire Harrigan RSW  "Gourds"   18 x 21  Acrylic and Oil Pastel   Claire Harrigan RSW    "New House"  11 x 11  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  500

 

Claire Harrigan RSW  "Open Doors"   23 x 29  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  2200     Claire Harrigan RSW  "Hens"  12 x 12 Acrylic and Oil Pastel  500      Claire Harrigan RSW  "Boys and Bicycles"  11 x 11  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  500

 

  Claire Harrigan RSW  "In the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree"   21 x 20  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  1400  Claire Harrigan RSW  "Walled Garden"  14 x 21  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  1200   Claire Harrigan RSW "Lemon Tree"  38 x 26   Acrylic and Oil Pastel   2400

Claire Harrigan RSW  "Basket of Oranges"  21 x 14   Acrylic and Oil Pastel  1200      Claire Harrigan RSW  "Racing"   7 x 9  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  600     Claire Harrigan RSW  "High-Backed Chairs"  38 x 26  Acrylic and Oil Pastel  SOLD

 

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