Claire Brewster lives and works in London, but started life in the semi-rural county of Lincolnshire. Brewster is a multi-disciplinary artist working in paper, metal and painting. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, showing regularly in London, other parts of the UK, USA and Europe.
Her work has been published in many magazines including: The Audubon Society, Fresh Paint Magazine, Elle Decoration, Vogue (UK and Greece), World of Interiors, Inside Out and was featured in the book “Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut” (Blackdog Publishing 2009). Brewster’s work in included in many private and public collections including: The National Wildlife Museum For the USA, The Emirati Royal Family, The Twitter Art Collection, The London Transport Museum, The Corinthia Hotel, London, The Hayatt Hotel, New Orleans. Claire Brewster is an inaugural member of the Perrier Jouet Art Salon and Prize and a workshop leader at The Victoria and Albert Museum London.
"My work is about fluidity and movement. I aim to capture moments in time and preserve them. They are imagined situations. Are the women being observed or are they the observers, I'm never quite sure. I build up a relationship with them over the time of the painting. As I work layers the works can take some time and they can feel quite intimate.
I work in layers often over painting areas many times until I reach the desired effect. What went before affects the subsequent layers often in ways beyond my control. This is part of what I think of the archeology of the painting. I want the paintings to have an abstract quality.
I use pattern to mask and create depth in my paintings. Pattern becomes a sort of short hand for beauty. Tiny delicate leaves weave in and out and around figures offering comfort whilst at the same time constraining them. Women are revered but also constrained by society. What they look like is how they are judged by the wider world. There is liberation in being masked. I want to set the women in my paintings free."