Jacopo, 2010, oil on linen laid on board, 122 x 150 cm


Claudia Carr is known for her ambiguous paintings; the artist works from life but her paintings border on abstraction. The act of looking at the same thing for hours on end builds a uniquely intense relationship between the observer and the observed. Possibly it is this protracted and intimate engagement that pushes the artist’s vision beyond the real. The vagaries of perception are as much her subject as the objects themselves; the slippage between what you see and what is actually there. 

Carr is a London-based artist. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (BA and MA in Painting) and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. She has had solo shows at Browse and Darby, as well as Whitfield Fine Art. She is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, the Royal Drawing School and Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.

"I think if a painting is “still” in the sense of static, then it is dead. But if you’re talking about the kind of still, like a Vija Celmins cobweb, which is charged, precarious .. quivering with potential movement .. then yes, those are the kind of “still” paintings I love. I’m interested in tension; both in the emotional character of a painting and in whatever’s going on formally."

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Previous Exhibitions: The Butterfly Counts Not Months But Moments (September 2014); Opened Ground (November 2016)

Drift, 2015, oil on canvas laid on board, 57 x 31 cm