Claire grew up in rural Cornwall, from the start she had a passion for making art. She followed her vocation by studying firstly at Falmouth College of Art and then moving to London for a degree in painting at Central St Martins. She is an elected life member of The Newlyn Art Society and has exhibited at The Victor Passmore Gallery as an influential young Cornish Artist.
Claire has been making and selling work since graduating in 1994 from Central St. Martins. She has exhibited regularly both in the UK and abroad throughout the last 14 years, achieving a reputation in both academic and commercial arenas. Her work has now reached over 15 different countries.
The pieces although abstract are influenced by the space and light of Claire's Cornish homeland. The luminous colours and mysterious rectangles create an aura of presence, deliberately still and quiet, a meditative play with space, tone, intensity and subtle hues.
‘What one actually sees is full of spontaneity and developing movement that is almost musical and which also conveys a sense of the spaciousness of landscape."
"Her latest work in particular seems to float free of the canvas. This is Art on which the eye lingers, but which also gives food for thought.
The panels are constructed with a variety of materials including copper leaf, acrylic paint, graphite powder, crackle glaze, gilding wax and pure dry pigments. The works are an exploration in texture and material, particularly the boundaries between the surfaces. As with all of Claire Burke's work, the process and its visibility through the layers of applied material comprise a large part of the content. Her simple individual panels combine to form an aesthetic dialogue that refers to both natural and man-made surfaces.