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Claire Nelson Biography
Claire Nelson is a British sculptor specialising in portraits and figurative sculpture. She loves people and the life they represent; human beings are an eternal source of inspiration to her. She especially enjoys the challenge of sculpting children, capturing their likeness, spirit and personality at a particular moment in time.The feel of clay, the smell of resin and the sight of models pervaded Claire Nelson’s childhood as her mother, Helen Collis, lived her passion as a professional sculptor in Brighton, UK. A keen student, she learned traditional sculpting techniques alongside her mother. Reaching adolescence she opted for Academia, graduating from Manchester College of Higher Education with a Bachelor of Arts in languages, but her mother had left an indelible mark.During rich and varied career in France, UK and the Caribbean, the artist took up sculpture again then trained at the Art Academy in London, delighted to be back in touch with sculpture.The artist has had various exhibitions in Paris and Rome since 2001. She also teaches figurative and portrait sculpture and runs weekend workshops on sculpture, life modelling, mould-making and casting.
Claire learned traditional sculpting techniques alongside her mother, Helen Collis. As an adult she trained at the Art Academy, London.
Selected Commissions/collections:
She mainly focuses on children’s portraits commissioned by parents or grandparents. Based in Rome, she travels extensively for these commissions.
Group Exhibitions:
Puntarte, Nepi, Italy, 2008
Beehive Gallery, Rome, Italy, 2007
Beehive Gallery, Rome, Italy, 2006
SNPP, Paris, France, 2004
Associazione Le Bateleur, Rome Italy, 2003
Métissage 2003 (multimedia art show), Paris, France, 2003
Métissage 2002 (multimedia art show), Paris, France, 2002
Espace Rynski, Paris, France, 2001
Artist's Statement:
Claire considers sculpture to be a powerful language all of its own enabling her to "talk" with the world, to celebrate life and express who she is. The creative act enables her to tap into a great source of personal energy and connect with herself and her subject. An expressive, figurative sculptor, her portraits are true to life. She works directly with the subject seeking to allow their personality and spirit to emerge from the work. She aims to capture a moment in time, leaving a solid long-lasting trace of someone’s lifetime. Her preferred medium is bronze.