BEYNON Claire

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Born & educated in South Africa, Claire Beynon immigrated to Dunedin from Cape Town in November 1994. She enrolled for a BA Fine Arts at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg in 1979 (course subjects included History of Art, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Latin and English), and graduated in 1982 with a Distinction in Printmaking and the Faculty’s Certificate of Merit. The following year, she was accepted onto the postgraduate Printmaking programme at the Chelsea School of Art, London, and spent several months there working alongside experienced Printmakers and technicians such as Tim Mara.

 

Claire’s first solo exhibition was in Johannesburg in 1984. She has exhibited regularly     since then, with solo and group shows in New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the Republic of China. Working predominantly on paper, Claire is committed to demonstrating drawing as an authoritative medium in its own right. Her images are densely worked, multi-layered and often on a large-scale. Combining formal, abstract elements with strong references to local form, light and shadow, her work crosses the boundaries between the familiar and the mysterious, linking the physical with the metaphysical.

 

Writing is an integral part of Claire’s creative expression. She sees the processes of writing and image-making as part of the same continuum, with words and images in constant, energetic dialogue with each other. In 2002, her poem titled ‘The Mystery Sonatas’ was awarded first place in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Poetry Competition.

 

 

 

 

* Bio Supplied by the artist.

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District: Otago

Type: Painter

Represented by: Saffron Gallery of Art

Artwork type/s: Paintings, Poetry,printmaking

Description: Contempory

Education: BA Fine Arts at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg in 1979 (course subjects included History of Art, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Latin and English), and graduated in 1982 with a Distinction in Printmaking and the Faculty’s Certificate of Merit.

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