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About Clare Blois

Clare lived and worked in some of the most beautiful parts of the Highlands for many years before studying with the Open College of the Arts. She is a winner of the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter, and has exhibited in many well-established galleries in Scotland and elsewhere.

Having lived for some time in the Western Isles,  the powerful island seascapes and skies of the Hebrides are enduring themes in her oil paintings, as are the gentler farm landscapes around Beauly, Inverness-shire, where she now lives.  Annual visits to southern France, Spain or Italy provide even more opportunity for painting "en plein air" and a chance to use a different palette.   

    
"In the tradition of Scottish painters, I am inspired and driven by the physical qualities of oil paint, using it generously and energetically to create movement and texture in my work. Colour is very exciting to me – the possibilities remain endless. The extraordinary landscapes and seascapes of the highlands provide a wealth of material for my painting. The ever-changing weather, the rotating seasons and the  astonishing forces of nature are a constant influence."

Over time my paintings have become more abstract in nature, although still landscape based,  and they reflect how I am influenced by my surroundings on that particular day. I am pleased when the viewer finds that the painting relates to their own experience in a different way - it is very exciting when a work of art takes on a life of its own, leaving the artist free and  impatient to move on to another!”


SUMMARY of  SELECTED EXHIBITIONS etc:

  Eden Court, Inverness
  Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly
  2003 and 2004: Inverness City "Best Artist" Award (public vote)
  2004: Fergusson Gallery, Perth, awarded solo exhibition
  Highland Open 
  Castle Gallery, Inverness 
  Affordable Art Fair, London
  Glasgow Art Fair
  Aberdeen Artists Exhibition
  Edinburgh Contemporary Art Fair 
  Peacock Printers Gallery, Aberdeen 
  Aberfeldy Gallery 
  Milton Gallery, Banchory 
  Highlands Open Studios Exhibition  (fine art prize)
  Limetree Gallery, Fort William
  Greens & Blues Gallery, North Berwick
  Ealain Gallery, Stirling
  Resipole Gallery, Archaracle
  Nairn Book & Arts Fair   
  Solo Exhibition,”Drift”: Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis
  Jerdan Gallery, Crail
  Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh  
  Tore Art Gallery
  Iona Gallery, Oxfordshire
  Joint Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery
  Inverness Airport
  Macgregor Fine Arts, Glasgow
  The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
  Strathpeffer Art Fair, & Restaurant
  Inchmore Gallery
  Beauly Gallery
  Discerning Eye, London 2012 (invited artist)
  The Velvet Easel Gallery, Edinburgh
  Gallery 48, Cromarty
  Bealach Gallery, Kishorn
  Highwayman's Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
  "Moving Mountains" - Selected exhibition/competition, An Ealdhain, Fort William
  Canvas Gallery, Winchester
  Torridon Community Gallery
  New Forest Arts Centre
  Sherfield School Gallery
  UHI Campus, Inverness
  Redcastle Art Group, Cromarty Stables
  Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith
  Lochcarron Gallery

 

 


 Clare has contributed to numerous charity exhibitions including Art in Healthcare,
 Highland Hospice, MacMillan, Marie Curie, Sick Kids, Lifespan, etc.

  She is happy to discuss commissions, on a no obligation basis.


"Clare Blois is clearly in command of her medium and combines  passion and technique in equal measure"  (The Times)