Harrigan, Claire

Elected to RSW 1992

Artists Statement

The key characteristics of my work are colour and light. I am not trying to recreate what is there,and although the subject matter is important as the instigator of the painting, gradually it becomes less significant as the emphasis changes to composing with colour, shape and texture.


Studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Drawing and Painting), in 1986, at which time received the Mary Armour Award for Still Life Painting. Since Art School I have worked as a full time painter and travelled widely for inspiration, particularly in the West Indies, France, Portugal and Italy. In 1989 was elected Professional Member SAAC. In 1992 (and subsequent editions) was listed in "Who's Who in Art" (published by Art Trade Press Ltd), and in 1990, in "20th Century Painters and Sculptors" by Frances Spalding.


1990 - Lily Macdougall Award, SAAC
1992 - James Torrance Memorial Award, RGI
1996 - Latimer Award, RSA
2002 - Artists Discovery Commission Award, Club Med
2004 - Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship Award, RSW

Selected Exhibitions

- Open Eye Gallery, Edinbugh
- Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
- Flying Colours Gallery, London
- Bruton Street Gallery, London
- Christopher Hull Gallery, London
- Macaulay Gallery, Stenton

- Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
- Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton
- Spencer Cameron Gallery, St Kitts
- Scottish Contemporary Painting, Hong Kong and Japan

Public Collections

Adam & Co. Bank
The Fleming Collection
Bank of Scotland
Herriot Watt University
South Ayrshire Council
Wigtownshire Educational Trust
Club Med

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