Claire Harper







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Claire HarperClaire Harper has exhibited both in the UK and internationally. She has made experimental animated films which were shown at The Tate Gallery and the Lisbon Film Festival and has worked extensively for editorial, advertising and publishing.

Claire’s focus gathers inspiration from the intuitive interpretation of narratives, memories and observations. Claire tries to capture the essence of something; a moment in time, a tree, a deer, a melancholic or humorous event.
Much of the poignancy within her work is generated through observation aligned with process, line, colour, surface and the captive image. Recurring themes include man and beast, the bizarre, costumes, the mythical and the theatrical arena. Her practice has evolved through an understanding of drawing, printmaking, collage and painting.

‘Much of my thinking has its roots in the histories, rituals and myths of the countryside'.

Claire is a lecturer in illustration at the University of Plymouth.

1975-1978 BA Fine Art Painting and Print, Loughborough College of Art and Design
1979-1983 MA RCA Illustration, Royal College of Art
1983-1984 Senior Student Fellowship, RCA, Film School
2008 PGCE Plymouth University
2005-2008 Lecturer Somerset College of Arts
1993-2012 Lecturer Plymouth University


1979 Theatre Gwynedd solo show
1980 Folio Society
1981 Folio Society
1982 Folio Society
1981 Calman Gallery
1981 Artwork
1982 Animation Now, Tate Gallery, London
1982 Lisbon Animated Film Festival
1984 Camden Boat Shed, London
1984 Fox Gallery, Stevenage
1996 Battersea Park, Pump House Gallery, London (curated a contemporary group show)
2002 Images RCA Galleries
2005 White Space, SCAT
2006 White Space, SCAT
2009 RWA Open Print, Bristol
2012 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition
2012 BITE Open Exhibition Mall Galleries, London

Professional Clients/Research Outputs
Faber & Faber
Design House
Newell and Sorrel
The Observer
The Sunday Times
Wolff Olins
Blackwell Scientific Publishing
Carroll, Dempsey & Thirkell
McIlroy Coates
Bostock and Pollitt
Pandora Press
Grey Advertising
Carter Wong
Coley Porter Bell
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Windsor & Newton
Woodmansterne Publications
Blackburn Press
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