Claire's Royal joy


OUR resident artist Claire Barnett is celebrating after having a painting selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

It is a great honour to have a work chosen for this prestigious exhibition from thousands of entries - and Claire is understandably proud and slightly overcome with disbelief that Strawberry Moon is hanging alongside world-renowned artists at the famous London gallery in Piccadilly.

She said: “I had forgotten I had entered and when I was notified that I was on the short-list I thought it was a mistake!” Confirmation followed that the work had been accepted and Claire was not only thrilled by that but also by the fact that successful applicants are invited to attend the traditional pre-exhibition 'varnishing day' service at St James's Church near the gallery.

“There I am in the pews with Tracey Emin and other artists who have influenced me and whom I have used for my teaching for years.”

Ironically this semi-abstract oil, acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas would not have been submitted to the academy had a deal to purchase it been completed. The painting was supposedly sold after being exhibited in Bath but the buyer withdrew leaving Claire free to make the entry. However, since going to London, Strawberry Moon has been sold but can be viewed at the exhibition which runs until August 20.

The work has a further local connection as it was inspired by her experience of a Strawberry Moon at Knowlton Church during the summer solstice last year.

Claire – holder of MA fine arts and BA honours - has her own studio in All Saints and will be exhibiting work at L'Artishe, Swanage, on July 1-August 8 and at Milton Abbey (July 7-August 31).

* Picture shows Claire with another of her works: Daffodils.

17th June 2017