Claire Cansick Norfolk, United Kingdom
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I make landscape paintings of poignant memories, weather and natural phenomenon using recessive colours created with a limited palette. I exhibit all over the UK and I am an active member of the artist groups The Arborealists and ArtCan. I paint from my studio in my garden in Norfolk.

I explore my place in the world through making landscape particularly by looking at recessive colours, memory and all states of nature. Painting landscape for me has long been about putting a frame around my experience of who and where I am and what I remember about my place in the past and sometimes my dreams of the future. Artists communicate themselves whatever the subject is and it is utterly impossible separate this from the work they produce. Indeed I want to put more of myself in, it doesn’t ever feel like enough of me is going in to my paintings, I can only keep trying express and communicate more. As painting is interpretive and doesn’t communicate an exact representation of my perspective, I keep trying to close in on my point. That is where the drive to make work comes from, my attempt to be perceived clearly.

My experimentation with colour is not a contrived exercise, rather an instinctive response to my experience and emotion evoked. I use a limited palette which evolves across my work and which includes a core four colours at any time. I paint quickly to begin with, sometimes using oil sticks, in order to capture emotion and energy and will then add detail in varying degrees. I use drawings and my own photos as starting points for paintings, taking them from life, films and TV news reports, or splicing several elements together. At some point I let the painting take over discarding the source material.

After completing a BA Fine Art Printmaking at Norwich University of the Arts I continued to paint and draw developing my oil painting skills which are largely self taught through my own practice and experimentation.

Artwork

Bordeaux 18.07 CDN Radio France, Oil on wood , 2022

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Global Heating Report 04.08 The Guardian, Oil on wood, 2022

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Shut The Windows, oil on wood, 2021

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Three Boys, oil on canvas, 2020, £1500

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Yang, oil on canvas, 2020, 1500

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Dreaming Something Somewhere, oil on wood panel, 2021, 1800

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It'll Always Belong To Them, oil on wood panel, 2021, 1800

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Idai, oil on canvas, 2019, 2600

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Hurricane, oil on wood panel, 2021, 600

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Phreatic Eruption, oil on wood panel, 2021, 600

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Tree of Life, oil on wood panel, 2021, 600

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Amazon, oil on wood panel, 2022, 600

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Observatory Tower, oil on wood panel, 2022, 1800

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Gunton Assembly, oil on wood panel, 2022, 1800

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Cumbre Vieja, oil on wood panel, 2022, 600

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Gentleness Clears The Soul, oil on canvas, 2017, 3000

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The Search, oil on canvas, 2018, 900

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Trespassing For Art V, oil on canvas, 2018, 1200

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The Poacher's Track, Oil on canvas, 2018, 750

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Backwater Dream, oil on canvas, 2018, 3000

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Kochi Lagoon, oil on gesso board, 2018, £800

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Shepherd's Delight, Giclee on Hahnemuhle paper, 2017, £150

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Beyond Silence, oil on canvas, 2020, 3000

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We Look at the Same Stars, oil on canvas, 2020, https://clairecansick.com/product/we-all-look-at-the-same-stars/

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Caen Meadow, oil on canvas, 2019, £900

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The Paroxysm Of Stromboli, oil on wood panel, 2019, £900

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Not A Drop To Drink, oil on wood panel, 2021, 1000

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All Your Dreams, oil on canvas, 2021, 2500

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Above Us Only Sky, oil on canvas, 2021, 3000

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World Serpent drawings, charcoal on paper, 2021

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Colorado 05.01 KCNC, oil on wood, 2022

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Geldeston, Norfolk 08.01 Mike Page, oil on wood, 2022

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Cyclone Ana,Mozambique 20.01 Pindula, oil on wood, 2022

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Arctic Treeline Expansion-20.01-Morten Falch, oil on wood, 2022

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Albuquerque 30.04 Eddie Moore, oil on wood, 2022

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Pumarejo De Tera Spain 18.06 Cesar Manso, oil on wood, 2022

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Senegal-30.03- Ngouda Dione, oil on wood, 2022

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London 19.07 Sky News, oil on wood, 2022

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Agartala India 18.06 Jayanta Dey, oil on wood, 2022

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Projects and exhibitions

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Tree of Life

08/01/2022 — ongoing

In thinking about the show at Stanton Guildhouse, I came across this quote by Goethe "All theory, dear friend, is grey," he wrote. "But the golden tree of actual life springs ever green.” In this well known quote by the German poet and philosopher J.W. Goethe (1749–1832), he is expressing a built in contradiction in our relationship with...

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Stanton Guildhouse, Stanton Details

Climate Project 2022

01/01/2022 — ongoing

I would like to introduce you to a year long project I am about to start 2022 with a view to exhibiting it in its entirety in 2023.

Norwich Details

Trees and Woodland of Exmoor and Dartmoor

01/05/2020 — 04/07/2020

A group show by The Arborealists where I showed two paintings of Exmoor's Culbone Wood and Horner Wood.

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Details

Fake News

05/03/2020 — 09/03/2020

ArtCan exhibition of works responding to the title of Fake News where I exhibited four paintings of tv news reports of climate change disasters.

Offshoot Gallery, London Details

Art Fair East 2019

28/11/2019 — 01/12/2019

Showed my latest paintings at this up coming art fair in Norwich 2019.

St Anrew's Hall, Norwich Details

Young Gallery Salisbury . The Arborealists

02/08/2019 — 24/08/2019

Group exhibition of the Arborealists which includes my painting Backwater Dream

Young Gallery Salisbury Details

Jacksons Open Painting Prize 2019

08/05/2019 — 12/05/2019

The Affordable Art Fair My painting ‘Backwater Dream’ was shortlisted in the Jacksons Open Painting Prize 2019 in the top 1% of 5500 entries. Jacksons represented the painting at The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London 2019.

The Affordable Art Fair 2019, Hampstead, London Details

Paint In Progress

18/03/2019 — 30/03/2019

Group show of work in progress, curated by Andy Reeve.

Anteros Arts, Norwich Details

Arborealists a Collégiale Sainte-Croix de Loudun

08/03/2019 — 24/04/2019

26 Arborealists exhibiting at the extensive venue in central France.

Collégiale Sainte-Croix de Loudun, Loudun, France Details

New Year Selection Chappel Galleries

05/01/2019 — 24/02/2019

I was invited to submit for the New Year Selection by curators Edna and Władysław Mirecki.

Chappel Galleries, Chappel, Essex Details

Art Fair East 2018

29/11/2018 — 02/12/2018

Art Fair East is in Norwich and I exhibited my latest landscape paintings and drawings.

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich Details

East Anglian Arborealists

01/09/2018 — 31/10/2018

Exhibition of 7 East Anglian Arborealists at the site of John Constable's The Haywain.

Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Suffolk Details

The Arborealists

21/07/2018 — 02/09/2018

Beautifully hung show which spanned all room of Black Swan Arts venue and included 40 Arborealists.

Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset Details

The Arborealists

07/07/2018 — 04/08/2018

Group exhibition of The Arborealists including my paintings 'The Search' 'The Poachers' and 'Trespassing For Art V'

John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire Details

Wells Maltings Trust: Connection

26/06/2018 — 30/09/2018

Open submission exhibition for the opening of Wells Maltings new venue in North Norfolk. My painting 'Gentleness Clears The Soul' selected.

Wells Maltings, Wells, Norfolk Details

Halesworth Gallery Opening Show 2018

27/04/2018 — 16/05/2018

Three artists, one room each, open the exhibiting season at Halesworth Gallery in Suffolk.

Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth Details

Spring Art Show Norwich

11/04/2018 — 15/04/2018

A yearly event in Norwich showcasing multiple artists from the surrounding area

The Forum, Norwich Details

ArtRooms 2017

20/01/2017 — 29/01/2017

Included in the National Open Art room at ArtRooms 2017 with my artwork titled Chair.

Meliá White House, London Details
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