Claire Curneen’s work is distinct for its figurative representation. As one of the UK’s foremost ceramic artists Curneen draws us into a world of narrative, where the tension between the real and the imagined is played out before us. Her ceramic figures have an imposing presence which tap into our desires, fears and mysteries. They are highly visceral, referencing Catholic imagery from the early Italian Renaissance. Porcelain, terracotta and black stoneware create an exquisite textural finish to these works, with dribbles of glaze and flashes of gold to accentuate their rich qualities. These figures bear bold narratives of human experiences and explore themes around death, rebirth and the sublime, which are both subtle and dramatic.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2017     ‘Cusp’ Ruthin Craft Centre
2017     ‘Tending the Fires’ Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London
2015     ‘Fragile’ National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
2015     ‘To This I Put My Name’ Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
2014     ‘To This I Put My Name’ Mission Gallery, Swansea and Ruthin Craft Centre (solo, tour, catalogue)
2014      New York Ceramics Fair, Ferrin Gallery
2014      ‘Collect’ Saatchi Galleries
2014      Ruthin Craft Centre
2013      ‘New Blue and White’ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, Claire Curneen, La Ferme de la Chapelle, Switzerland
2012      ‘Never Never’ Aberystwyth Arts Centre ‘Reflection’ Galerie Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
2012      New World: Timeless Vision IAC exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Art, USA
2012      ‘When I Woke’ Llantarnam Grange Arts. Centre (curator, with catalogue)
2012      IAC members exhibition, New World: Timeless Vision, Santa Fe, USA
2011      ‘Lost Certainty’ Claire Curneen and Alice Kettle, CAA, London
2011      ‘3×2’, The Shed, Galway, Ireland
2011      Beaux Arts, Bath (solo)
2011      ‘Placement’ Ceramic Connections Wales/Scotland, Oriel Davies, Mid Wales