Clare Shervin

Clare Shervin’s work is neither abstract nor representational and draws from the entire artistic palette of fine art, illustration and design. Her influences include artists as diverse as Hundertwasser, Klimt, Blake, Hockney, the dancer Isadora Duncan and designers including Zandra Rhodes.


At art school Clare achieved a Licentiate degree in fashion design (LSIA). Her subsequent career in the fashion industry and eventual role as head of design for London based companies took her to countries including India, China, Hong Kong, Tai-Wan and North America. She observed and was deeply influenced by many of the cultures she engaged with.


Her artwork is a series of contour lines in two dimensions representing the many dimensional world that Clare perceives around her. There are shapes described by the lines that could be almost organic while others are almost technological, some are troubling and psychological while others are joyful and triumphant. Many have a spiritual dimension and call for contemplation and introspection. The shapes and lines have a visceral impact on the viewer; ideas and images seem to grow out of them. Her work has been described as speaking to the viewer in ‘another language’.


Clare’s current portfolio is the result of developing a highly individual way of working over a considerable period of time. The process usually begins with a painting in drawing pen, water-colour or gouache which is then worked into and often collaged or even stitched. This is then scanned and the resulting image is developed digitally with colour reversal and manipulation. This digital image is printed using high definition giclee print on fine art paper. The print is further hand embellished to produce a unique monoprint.


Clare now lives and works in Bournemouth. She is a long time yoga practitioner and draws inspiration from her frequent walks along the Dorset coastline. Her pictures can be seen as a true reaction to the world around: commercial, social, public and private. Here we see the direct workings of Clare’s unconscious and subconscious mind with a confusion of memories, dreams and reflections. Her work is intricate and detailed and requires close attention to allow access to the hidden dream journeys beneath.