Claire Harrigan was born in Kilmarnock, in November 1964. Claire studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1982 to 1986 graduating with a BA Hons in Fine Art (Drawing and Painting). She very quickly came to the attention of several galleries and set up studio to become a full time artist. Her first solo show was staged at the Macaulay Gallery at Stenton in 1988, followed in the same year by a solo exhibition at Christopher Hull Gallery in London. Since that time her solo shows have been a major feature of her work schedule, alternating every two years between prestigious galleries, with mixed shows also being accommodated in many of the major UK commercial galleries. Claire has been the recipient of many major awards, including The Mary Armour Award at the Glasgow School of Art, The Lily McDougall Award by the Scottish Society Artists and Artist Craftsmen, James Torrance Memorial Award by the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, The Latimer Award by the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship award, RSW. In 1992 Claire became an Elected Professional Member of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society, the RSW. She was listed in 20th Century Painters and Sculptors by Frances Spalding and first listed in Whos Who in Art 26th edition (1994) published by Art Trade Press Ltd. In 2007 a book about her work entitled Abstract and Colour techniques in painting was published by Batsford. Her painting style is vibrant and bold in use of colour, with a high key palette a permanent feature of her work. She paints distinctively, with colour and abstract elements working well together in clever and mature compositions. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Adam and Co Bank, The Fleming Collection, Bank of Scotland, Heriot Watt University, South Ayrshire Council, Wigtonshire Educational Trust and Club Med.
acrylic and oil pastel 24 x 18 in £1200
acrylic and oil pastel 5 x 9 in £500
acrylic & oil pastel 22 x 29 in. £2,600
acrylic and oil pastel 15 x 17.7 in. £1000
acrylic and oil pastel 11 x 11 in £800