Born in Dundee, Claire Blyth gained a B.Ed from Edinburgh University. Courses at Edinburgh College of Art, Dollar Summer School, the Open College of the Arts and Leith School of Art allowed her to fine-tune her artistic development, prompting W Gordon Smith to comment in The Scotsman on her “accomplished work” and “fine figure drawing.”
Paintings have been selected by the Society of Scottish Artists and by Visual Arts Scotland for exhibition in the RSA; by the Laing Landscape competition, London and for exhibition in many UK cities.
Paintings are held in the collection of Scottish Borders Council and in private collections around the world.
Claire’s project “Working Perspectives” which brought together a dozen artists and businesses, was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts and Business awards.
Influences include Kurt Schwitters’ emotive collage work, Will Mclean’s Scottish sensibility and symbolism and Victoria Crowe’s use of personal iconography.
Inspiration comes very often from literature: the crow paintings arise from a re-reading of the Border Ballads and the opportunity to make artworks at two of the local mills.
Working with mixed media and collage, Claire creates complex, multi-layered pieces which, like the words which inspire her, catch the eternal and universal elements within an individual’s experience and so speak to us all.
Allen Wright, late Arts Editor of The Scotsman said, “Claire Blyth is among the artists whose work is worth seeking out.”