* Claire Primrose | Stanley Street Gallery

* Claire Primrose

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

Based in Queanbeyan, Claire Primrose studied Visual Art at the Australian National University, majoring in Printmaking and graduated in 1997.  She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Art Education and has taught both Visual Art and Dance at various high schools in Canberra.

Her work draws inspiration from the Australian landscape.

Claire Primrose - Waiting - Mixed media on linen -120x120cm 2015 $3200

Claire Primrose - Waiting - Mixed media on linen -120x120cm 2015

 

 

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Artist Statement

Inspired and informed by many different locations from the Australian landscape. Primrose is interested in recreating the surfaces, textures and colours evocative of a particular place, although each work is a culmination of many different images, spaces and experiences, achieved through memory and experimentation.

Primrose’s method of working is integral to her art practice. She works outside on location and incorporate elements of her surroundings, she gathers soil and water samples from these field trips and uses these samples in her work.

"Fragments of my immediate inspiration form the framework of the composition".

Primrose is interested in the interplay between her chosen medium (spray enamel) with the natural elements she has collected. Salt water is used to repel and react against the spray enamel paint. It also occasionally acts as a tool for oxidation, mimicking an act of nature.

"All of these processes are hard to control, it is the ‘surprise’ element; or ‘happy accident’ that I am most interested in pursuing".

Based in Queanbeyan, Claire Primrose studied Visual Art at the Australian National University, majoring in Printmaking and graduated in 1997. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Art Education and has taught both Visual Art and Dance at various high schools in Canberra. Her work draws inspiration from the Australian landscape.

"I am interested in recreating the surfaces, textures and colours evocative of a particular place, although each work is a culmination of many different images, spaces and experiences, achieved through memory and experimentation."

Primrose has participated in group and solo exhibitions both locally and nationally. Career highlights include being selected for the Exploration 14 exhibition Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne, the DIRECTION NOW> national touring exhibition with 10 other artists who also focus on abstraction, and the Introducing exhibition at The Stanley Street Gallery. Her work has also recently been selected for the Paddington Art Prize, The Hawkesbury Art Prize, Morton Bay Art Prize, the Norville Art Prize, and the Whyalla Art prize. She has been awarded winner of the Queanbeyan Regional Art Prize in 2009 and also in 2015.

 

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Education

1994-97    
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Australian National University, Canberra

Selected solo exhibitions

2015         Memory Mapping, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
2014         Memory Mapping, The Art Vault, Mildura, VIC
2013         Time Travellers, The Art Vault, Mildura, VIC
2012         Then and Now, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
2000         DIY, Australian Defence Force Academy Library Gallery, Canberra

Selected group exhibitions

2015
Capital Chemist Art Award, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, SA
...Introducing, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Direction Now, (national touring exhibition), Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
Ground Work, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney

2014
Direction Now, (national touring exhibition), Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Port Macquarie, NSW; Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
Exploration 14, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
CAPO, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
Balancing Act, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2013
After the Fire, Blank Space Gallery, Surrey Hills, Sydney
Active Participants, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
CAPO, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
Goulburn Art Prize, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2012
Time Travellers, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Climarte Change, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
CAPO, M16 Gallery, Griffith, Canberra
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freeman’s Reach, NSW

2011
Setting the Scene, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Climarte Change, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
The Three of Us, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2010
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2009
From Little Things Big Things Grow, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2008
ReGeneration, The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2007
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, Queanbeyan, NSW

2006
Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, Queanbeyan, NSW

2001
Canberra Art Prize, Canberra

2000
Unhung Heroes, Made in Australia Gallery, Deakin, Canberra
Canberra Art Prize, Canberra

1996
Multiple Visions, ANCA Gallery, Dickson, Canberra
ACT Joint Print Project, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, NSW
(Undergraduate exhibition), Photospace Gallery, Canberra School of Art, Canberra

 

Selected awards

2015
(winner) Capital Chemist Art Award, Canberra
(finalist) Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla, SA
(winner) Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, Queanbeyan, NSW

2014
(finalist) Norvill Art Prize, Murrurundi, NSW

2013
(finalist) Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, QLD
(finalist) Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Drawing and Printmaking), Campbelltown, NSW
(finalist) Goulburn Art Prize, Goulburn, NSW
(winner) CAPO: Eckersley’s Materials Grant, Canberra

2012
(finalist) Scope Galleries Art Prize (Art Concerning Environment), VIC
(finalist) Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Contemporary), Campbelltown, NSW
(finalist) Paddington Art Prize, Woollara, NSW
(highly commended) Hawkesbury Art Prize, Freeman’s Reach, NSW

2010
(highly commended) Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, Queanbeyan, NSW

2009
(winner) Queanbeyan City Council Art Award, Queanbeyan, NSW

2000
(short listed) Canberra Art Prize, Canberra

 

Publications

‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, review by Kerry-Anne Cousins, The Canberra Times, June 2009
http://citynews.com.au/2012/art-with-a-focus-on-climate-change/
Artist Portfolio Magazine, 2013 issue 22: emerging artists
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/review-of-balancing-act-at-queanbeyans-form-studio-and-gallery, 2014
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/claire-primrose-and-kerry-johns-display-two-distinct-approaches, 2015