Clare Burnett United Kingdom
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Colourful sculptures and paintings inspired by the dilemmas of 21st Century life. Using found and salvaged materials, and multiple media and processes, I explore notions of value, power and the dilemmas that confront us all especially in relation to objects - what we buy and where, how we get rid of what we use, whether to watch or be watched and how we use new technologies.

I make strongly coloured sculptures inspired by issues, objects and spaces around me, using a wide range of materials and hand, machine and digital techniques. I scavenge from my surroundings then play with and transform my ‘finds’ in the studio. Recently I have been making work inspired by looted objects from the 19th century. After growing up in France and Belgium, I studied Architecture and Social/Political Studies at Cambridge University and Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art. Solo and group shows include Unit One Gallery and Workshop, London; Beckenham Place Mansion with BoLee Gallery; Hastings Contemporary; Leighton House Museum; William Benington Gallery; University of Leeds; Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer; Royal Academy; National Gallery; Jerwood Space; the RIBA; and the Royal Society of Sculptors; Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum Taiwan, Brooke Benington, Studio Block M74 in Mexico, Hengshui, China. For my recent exhibition at Electro Project Space, Hastings I was awarded a Project Grant by Arts Council, England. I have just completed a seven-year term as President of the Royal Society of Sculptors. This April I will have a major solo show at Art Seen in Nicosia, Cyprus, which will focus on the collection of artefacts looted by Cesnola and around which the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was built. In the summer I will show large outdoor works in South Kensington inspired by the local surveillance systems.


Cure3, Glass tiles on found foam base, 2022


Brooke Benington Residency, Mexico City, Plastic, 2019


At Sea (After John Behan's Ghost Boat), Mixed objects and painting, 2019, £3500

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Coptic Echo and Adoration, Salvaged objects and jesmonite, 2019, £2200 each


In a Spin, Painted steel, 2019, £750 each


Lexicon, Coloured paper pulp, 2020, £4500

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The Font of All Knowledge, Paperconcrete, ink, 2019


High Water Line, Found objects, fibreglass, eggshell paint, 2019, 2200

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Bubbling Out, Bubbling Up, Copper, jesmonite, fibreglass, marine paint, 2020


and Stop, Foam, ecoconcrete, fibreglass, coloured glass, 2021, 2400

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Standing Proud, Foam, ecoconcrete, fibreglass, coloured glass, 2021, 2900

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Projects and exhibitions



11/05/2023 — 13/05/2023

A 'conversation' between painter, Claude Vergez and me about colour and space

Hansard Studio, London Details

Shapeshifters - Clouds of Conscience

22/04/2023 — 24/05/2023

A solo exhibition of work by London artist, Clare Burnett, curated by Maria Stathi. The exhibition features brightly coloured groups of paintings and sculptures arranged in ‘conversation’ groups within the two-story space of Art Seen, Nicosia.

The show is inspired by the artefacts removed from Cyprus by Cesnola in the 19th century and is...

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Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus Details

If I can see you, can you see me?

01/11/2022 — 30/11/2022

A 'to scale' playground made from PLA 3D printing and painted in oil paint. The playground is designed to watch over children and references the cameras trained on them in nursery, on phones and even in their own gardens.

One to Ten Gallery, Online Details


21/10/2022 — 12/11/2022

A group show with Amikan Toren, Vicky Pericleous and Marina Genadieva

Art Seen, Limassol, Cyprus Details

Oceanic Feelings

01/07/2022 — 31/08/2022

A residency and Arts Council supported exhibition in which I took apart three washing machines and re-constructed them.

Electro Studios Project Space, Hastings Details

Museum Series

01/01/2021 — 28/10/2022

A collection of works made, during lockdown, with objects found in the local market on my daily walks.

Bolee at Beckenham Place Mansion; Unit One Gallery/Workshop; Bloomsbury Design; Art Seen, London; Limassol, Cyprus Details

Song of the Sun

06/10/2019 — ongoing

Large scale sculptures commissioned by Hengshui City Council, in which I examine the faultiness of industrial power.

Hengshui City Park, Hengshui, China Details
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