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Claire Partington  London, UK

'The Suffolk Conversation'
Earthenware, Glaze, Enamel, Luster
'Nightnight'
Earthenware, Glaze, Enamel, Luster, Gold Leaf

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About Claire


Claire Partington is an artist based in London, UK. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1995 with a 1st in Fine Art Sculpture.

Claire describes the work by saying, “The subjects for my work come from varied sources – contemporary culture, traditional children’s rhymes and folk tales. I’m fascinated by transformation tales and their imagery, from the traditional, up to the Power Rangers and contemporary kids cartoons. The aesthetic inspiration is drawn largely from European Applied Art and Design styles from the 1600’s onwards. Underpinning this is the long European tradition of appropriation and reinterpretation or misinterpretation of “exotic” styles that can be seen in National Collections across Europe. I like the idea of getting it slightly wrong and the bluffing and “cobbling together” of styles that has produced some fantastic historical objects and continues most notably in the tradition of Outsider Art.”


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Although I hate my mum's collection of victorian plates and figurines because they are so prissy, stiff and "spice cake" decorative, I must say Ms Partington's work is riveting. Even with the uncomfortable distant feeling that this genre of patterning and decal still gives me, I couldn't stop examining each piece. The craftsmanship and, most especially, the biting commentary are superb.

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