Claire Lambert’s work is about the human figure, her life and also Shotley, where she has lived for many years. “My art also reflects the eras I have lived through”.
She has chosen four pieces to reflect the essence of Shotley Gate over time.
“Sunday afternoon down the front” features the shoreline and pier before building development. Another mono-print “The Cherry Tree” is about a house with a flowering tree, half-way up Bristol Hill. The owner, Bunny Hare, used to row over to Harwich to do his shopping.
The third print “My Shotley” shows the Pier and a women, au naturale, about to go for a dip in the Stour, similar to “ my friend Josie and myself, who are renowned for having a dip in the summer”.
The fourth print, entitled “Walk at the Brickyards”, is along the coastal path to a place where Claire has been beachcombing for pottery, beads and metals, since 1976.
Claire started her artistic career at L’Atelier de Dour, the collective ceramic workshop in Belgium from 1956 to 1975. She always wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by a tutor who said when she was 16 “ she has got life in her work”.
Claire enjoyed drawing life models and often includes figures in her prints which she took up in the 1980s after studying printing at the Ipswich art school with Ken Roberts. Her human figures express powerful feeling with a simplicity of line, achieved from many years of “looking”.
Claire has exhibited widely in England, Canada, France, Poland and Belgium. Here in Suffolk she has exhibited at the Peter Pears gallery in Aldeburgh and in 2019 at Christchurch Mansions in Ipswich.
Claire has many more artworks to share and if you would like to contact her and chat about her art, please do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and Claire will gladly talk to you.