Claire Paterson graduated from the Glasgow School of Art Painting and Printmaking department in 2008, winning the inaugural Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for Poetic Creativity, the School of Fine Art Dissertation Prize, and the British Airways Travel Bursary.
Her first solo show, Unsign, was held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2008. In 2009, she used the British Airways Travel Bursary to fund a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, doing research into the symbolism and iconography of various religious groups in these states; with the trip culminating in a stay at the Lama Foundation in New Mexico.
Other notable exhibitions include the group show Gradients and Thresholds, Contemporary Perspectives on the Figure - Selected Works by Brian McCluskey, Susan Kennedy, Claire Paterson and Louise Chang, which was held at the Royal Institute of the Fine Arts Kelly Gallery, Glasgow in 2012. In 2013, Paterson spent a month at the Cornaro Institute in Cyprus, where she worked towards a group exhibition, Harry’s Odyssey. Since then, she’s participated in various other group shows, and has been developing a new body of work.
Paterson has hosted a series of Master-classes at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, on behalf of the Steven Campbell Trust, emphasising the importance of figurative painting in contemporary practice. She’s currently the youngest member of the famous Glasgow Group. Founded in 1958 by a group of ambitious graduates from the Glasgow School of Art, including Alasdair Gray, The Glasgow Group is run by Glasgow based artists to promote the visual arts in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
In my recent practice, I’ve been focusing on working with models and other artists in a collaborative myth-making process, exploring ideas related to a ‘theatrical language of totem and gesture’ (The Theatre and Its Double, Antonin Artaud / Translated by Mary Caroline Richards).
I’ve started hosting a series of experimental photo sessions, where models are provided with dozens of print-outs of diagrams and symbols taken from multiple sources – picking out and setting aside the ones that appeal to them most. They are then presented with a collection of various masks / costumes / material / sculpture / and installation elements – again making a selection before starting to generate spontaneous poses.
With ideas determined on the spot, and symbols chosen spur-of-the-moment, the subject of the work creates their own random meaning and mythology as they pose; producing a tableau that has something in common with a bizarre ritualistic and arcane rite, but whose overall message is mutable and obscure. Other artists are invited to contribute elements, installations and objects to the modelling sessions: so that their own art becomes incorporated into the process of myth-making. Already imbued with meaning, their work gathers more symbolism and correspondences depending on how the model chooses to interact with it, becoming almost ceremonial or talismanic – part of the model’s self-generated mythology.
clairepaterson.com will be updated with images from this new body of work soon.
Claire Paterson CV
Glasgow School of Art
Painting and Printmaking Department
BA(Hons) with Distinction in Historical and Critical Studies
Awards, Prizes and Publications
-Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for Poetic Creativity (awarded at final year degree show)
-The School of Fine Art Dissertation Prize (awarded for final year thesis: Figuring Identity, Being and Representation in the Discourse of Postmodernity)
-British Airways Travel Bursary (awarded at final year degree show, and used to fund a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, doing research into the symbolism and iconography of various religious groups in these states; with the trip culminating in a stay at the Lama Foundation in New Mexico – www.lamafoundation.org)
-Prince's Youth Business Trust Grant
-The Scotsman / Published Date: 14th June ’08
‘Scotland's got Talent’
Review by Tim Cornwell
-The Herald / Published Date: 16th June, ’08
‘Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2008’
Review by Jack Mottram
-The Scotsman / Published Date: 20th June ’08
‘Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art Degree Shows’
Review by Duncan Macmillan
Exhibitions (with major exhibitions highlighted)
-The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Student Exhibition / February ’08 / National Gallery, Edinburgh
-Degree Show / June ’08 / The Glasgow School of Art
-Unsign, Solo Show / 1st November – 22nd December ’08 / The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
-Glasgow Group Show / 5th November ’08 / House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
-Claire Paterson, Jack Frame, Sakinah Omar, Group Show / 16th July ’09 / Kalyani Gallery, Glasgow
-ASPECT Prize Exhibition / 20th June – 29th August ’09 / Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
-Claire Paterson, Brian McCluskey, Scott Walker, Group Show / 12th–15th April ’10 / 44 Houston Street, Glasgow
-Princess Youth Business Trust Arts and Enterprise Showcase / 3rd–13th June ’10 / The Make Room, Alloa
-Glasgow Group Annual Exhibition / 12 August – 2nd October ’11 / Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
-Glasgow Group Annual Exhibition / 20th – 31st March ’12 / Royal Institute of the Fine Arts Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
-Gradients and Thresholds, Contemporary Perspectives on the Figure - Selected Works by Brian McCluskey, Susan Kennedy, Claire Paterson and Louise Chang / 1st – 12th May ’12 / Royal Institute of the Fine Arts Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
-Harry's Odyssey, Fine Art Exhibition / 28th June ’13 / Cornaro Institute, Cyprus
-Glasgow Group Annual Show / 24th August – 3rd September ’13 / Scotland Street School, Glasgow
-Glasgow Group Show / 14th December ’13 / Hillhead Library, Glasgow
-Glasgow Group Annual Show / 11th Jan – 20th Feb ’14 / Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow
-Glasgow Group Show / 6th December ’14 / Hillhead Library, Glasgow
-Open Studios Launch / 16th April ’15 / Boswell Coach House, Ayrshire
-Open Studio / 24th–27th April ’15 / Studio, Dunlop
-Glasgow Group Annual Exhibition / 30th October ’15 / By Distinction Art, 100 Byres Road, Glasgow
-Glasgow Group Show / 12th December ’15 / Exhibition Space, Cass Art, 65-67 Queen Street, Glasgow
-Open Studio Launch / 24th March ’16 / Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
-Open Studio / 22nd – 25th April ’16 / Studio, Dunlop
-Glasgow Group Annual Exhibition / 13th – 28th May ’16 / Exhibition Space, Cass Art, 65-67 Queen Street, Glasgow
-Professional experience organising and participating in both group and solo exhibitions.
-Given various public presentations: including a presentation to graduates of the Glasgow School of Art about how to start and maintain a successful art career; and seminars for the Princess Youth Business Trust
-Taught intensive Master-classes at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. These courses were funded by the Steven Campbell Trust, and included life painting classes, an overview of leading issues in contemporary art debate, and a presentation on Steven Campbell's work.
-Sat on a discussion panel in the National Gallery in Edinburgh, with prominent UK artists Alex Pollard and Craig Mulholland, discussing the work of Steven Campbell.
-Assisted the artist Bruce McLean with a Steven Campbell Masterclass in the former Doggerfisher Gallery in Edinburgh.
-Judged the Gibson Figurative Painting Competition.
-Taught an intensive two day Master-class at the Gallery of Modern Art
-I’m the youngest member of the famous Glasgow Group. Founded in 1958 by a group of ambitious graduates from Glasgow School of Art, including Alasdair Gray, The Glasgow Group is run by Glasgow based artists to promote the visual arts in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
-I have spent a month working alongside other international artists in the Cornaro Institute in Cyprus, assisting with performances and working towards a group exhibition, Harry's Odyssey.