Claire Kirkup

Kirkup’s work captures the softness and vulnerability of a certain moment in time. Mostly working in a semi abstract style using friends and models as muses as inspiration, she endeavors to create a familiar emotion in her work that encompasses the pursuit and need for calm, relaxation and quietness. Using texture, strong line and dry brush strokes, she depicts the female form, and everyday objects in their natural surroundings. Her attitude to life is reflected in her application of strong colour.

Flat composition spread across the canvas inspired by Japanese Print work, coupled with her relaxed women, exude a familiar state of being. Her current works portray a simple romance and desire, and set the tone of a blissful state of surrender.

Summary of Exhibitions and Awards

• Port Art Gallery show,  June 2014

• Solo Show. November 2013, Redcliffe Jetty Contemporary Art Gallery- Redcliffe, Queensland.

• Manyung Gallery show – December 2011 Victorian Peninsula

• Manyung Gallery show – December 2009 Victorian Peninsula

• Solo Show ‘Fusion’- August 2009 Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne. Victoria

• Solo Show ‘Metamorphosis’ – August 2008  Port Art Gallery. Port Melbourne.

• Melbourne Art Show – April 2007 (Manyung Gallery)

• Extraordinary Light’ Exhibition – February 2007 Port Art Gallery. Port Melbourne. Victoria.

• Manyung Gallery Show – December 2006 Victorian Peninsula

• Christmas Show – December 2006 Port Art Gallery

• ‘Water’ Exhibition – October 2006 Port Art Gallery

• Care Australia Silent Auction – July 2006 Port Art \Gallery

• Sydney Art Show – June 2006 (Manyung Gallery)

• Manyung Gallery Show – June 2006 Victorian  Peninsula

• Affordable Art Show Melbourne – April 2006  (Manyung Gallery)

• ‘Basically Black and White’ Exhibition – March 2006  Port Art Gallery

• Manyung Gallery Show – December 2005 Victorian Peninsula

• ‘Homage to the modern masters’ – December 2005 , Port Art Gallery

• ‘Face Off’ Exhibition – October 2005  Port Art Gallery

• Tsunami Fund Raiser Auction – March 2005 Gasworks Gallery, Albert Park