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Clare McGhee

BOTANICAL & FINE ART




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ABOUT

Clare is a professional Interior Designer and worked for many years as a Senior Designer for a contemporary furniture design company in Edinburgh before concentrating fully on her art. Her highly realistic and vibrant pieces are hugely influenced by her love of contemporary and historical design.


Drawing and painting has always been a passion for Clare. Through her love and affinity of the Natural and Classical Art world she illustrates their beguiling beauty and fascination in extraordinary detail. Exploring subjects we normally take for granted, she compels us to re-examine what we perceive as ordinary, focusing our attention on their extraordinary qualities in a powerful and captivating way.


Using traditional painting methods combined with contemporary graphic design techniques, as well as heightened realism, her work has an immediacy and dramatic quality which is so compelling. Constantly exploring new and innovative ways of working, Clare has more recently started working on Dibond Aluminium panels which allows her work to be hung unframed adding to the overall contemporary quality of her paintings.


Some of her work is owned by the RHS with several pieces held in the RHS Lindley Library Collection and the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh USA as well as in private collections in the UK and USA.

BIOGRAPHY

2019 / 2020

16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation Pittsburgh, USA

'RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal Winners' 2019 by Charlotte Brooks, RHS

ISBN 978-1-788840-14-9

2018

‘Scottish Plant Lore: an illustrated flora’ by Dr Greg Kenicer, RBGE front and back cover illustrations ISBN 978-1-910877-26-5

'Worth a Thousand Words' Exhibition, 5th July - 17th Aug RHS LIndley Library, London

2017

'Art in Bloom' Biggar Botanical Art Exhibition, Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

7th Annual 'Botanicals' Art Exhibition, Light Space Time Online Art Gallery - 2 Special Merits for 'Pomegranate' & 'Spear Thistle’

2016

RSA William Littlejohn Award exhibition entry

Special Merit Award 'Spear Thistle', Light Space & Time Online Gallery 'Nature Art Exhibition'

The Derwent Art Prize entry - 'Blown Thistle'

Jackson's Art Prize Exhibition *Longlist placing for 'Pomegranate'

2015

Dancing Light Gallery, Whitmuir, Autumn Exhibition

2014

'Six of the Best' Exhibition - Alexander Meddowes Art Broker, Edinburgh www.alexandermeddowes.com

2012

'Botanical art: rendering a living masterpiece' RHS 'The Garden' magazine

'World of Plants' Society of Botanical Artists, London - made an Associate Member

2011

Masterclass Tutor & Botanical Art Society Tutor - RBGE Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

2010

RHS London Botanical Art Show - Gold Medal for 8 vegetables (see gallery pages)

2009

RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration - awarded 'Distinction'

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