Claire Kirkup


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“At the very core of my paintings are life experiences. Emotions are applied in flexible forms, and showcased as gaping cliffs, hilltops, precipices or large expanses of sky.  For me there is a real parallel between emotion and landscape. Our country is so diverse, and it can be shaped and expressed in numerous unique ways. I find it mirrors the human spirit. We all feel our senses heightened when we are confronted by unique and breathtaking things in our natural surroundings. Taking my life experiences and moulding them into my own landscape is my way of working through tough things. Sometimes my works are associated with nostalgia, or deal with death and renewal.  Taking something that is intangible onto a canvas with paint, accompanied by experimental music in the studio, solidifies time and encapsulates that experience. If you were to look back at a catalogue of my works over the years, it would read like a diary.”


Prior to growing up in Canberra for most of her childhood, Claire’s family lived in the mining town of Cobar, which Claire often draws memories from. The time her father spent working as an Opal miner in Lightning ridge later inspired her work ‘Lady Royale’.  This work went on to be a finalist piece in 2019 in the ‘Out Back Art Awards’ at the Matilda Centre in Queensland, Australia.


“We had a large close family of women growing up which was fantastic and painful at the same time. All these girls screaming to be heard. We are all creative in some way.  Hung on our walls were Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin prints. As beautiful as they were in their own right, I found them to be melancholy and too depressing.  I craved something else, and as I knew no living Artists at the time, I went in search of my own romantic version of art.” This saw Claire make the decision to leave her formal design studies to travel and live overseas in search of creative freedom.

“I essentially found, then executed my world through painting.”

Claire’s art practice has developed over the years to now encompass abstract figurative paintings and drawings, abstract landscapes, and more recently light Installation work, which she views as an explorative extension of her landscape pieces. The unexpected emergence of these two ideas together – painting expressive dreamy landscape works and moulding them into arresting luminous hanging sculptures – enhanced Claire’s already metaphoric scenes.

Claire’s Contemporary Artworks are held in collections nationally and internationally, including Canada, throughout Europe and the United States.




2020      Group exhibition and opening night -Studio Gallery Sydney, Waterloo, NSW

2019      Winter exhibition – Studio Gallery Melbourne Armadale, Melbourne,Victoria

2018        Studio Gallery Melbourne, winter exhibition – Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria

Studio Gallery Melbourne inaugural opening. Cheltenham, Melbourne, Victoria

The fragrant garden Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay, Sydney. New South Wales

2017         Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay, Sydney. New South Wales

2016         Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay, Sydney. New South Wales.

2013         All of us  Solo Show Redcliffe Jetty Contemporary  Art Gallery- Redcliffe,  Queensland.

2011         Manyung Gallery show Victorian Peninsular

2009         Manyung Gallery show Victorian Peninsular

2009         Fusion Solo Show  Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne.

2008         Metamorphosis Solo Show Port Art Gallery. Port Melbourne.

2007         Extraordinary Light’group exhibition Port Art Gallery. Port Melbourne.

2006         Manyung Gallery Show Victorian Peninsular

‘Water’ group exhibition Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne

Care Australia Silent Auction Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne Sydney Art Show

Affordable Art Show Melbourne Carlton Exhibition Centre

Manyung Gallery Show Victorian Peninsular

2005         Face Off Exhibition  Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne

Tsunami Fund Raiser Auction Gasworks Studio Port Melbourne

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