CLAIRE SPARKES RI SGFA
Watercolour, Oil, Pencil
About Claire Sparkes
Claire Sparkes studied a Fine Art Degree at the Liverpool John Moores University, and a Masters Degree in Fine Art Painting at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury. She has exhibited regularly in London, other UK cities and abroad in both group and solo exhibitions.
Claire was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2019, and is also a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists.
My paintings primarily focus on people, whilst also encompassing still
life, interiors and landscape. At times my work crosses these boundaries
interrelating and layering elements. This leads to the weaving of
narratives that draw upon connections through time and place, as well as
between cultures, individuals and mythologies.
Drawing is fundamental to my artistic practice. Techniques of drawing
and painting merge within my work. I love the versatility and fluidity
of watercolour, and enjoy combining looser washes with layered detail.
Mark-making is extremely important to me. Like a calligraphy, it
unravels the story of the painting over time.
2021 Highly Commended Finalist Award, International Watercolour Masters
2020 Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award, RI Annual Exhibition, Mall
2018 President’s Award, SGFA Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2017 Debra Manifold Memorial Award, RI Annual Exhibition, Mall
2016 Winsor & Newton prize for ‘Best Work in Colour’, SGFA Annual
2015 Arboreta Papers’ Associates’ Award, SGFA Annual Exhibition
2014 Jacksons Art Award, SGFA Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2013 Daler Rowney Award for Best Work, SGFA Annual Exhibition, Menier
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary
Columbia Threadneedle Prize
Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Portrait Prize
Society of Graphic Fine Artists
New English Art Club
ING Discerning Eye
Royal Society of British Artists
Royal west of England Academy