Claire Palfreyman

Claire Palfreyman is a London-based artist whose practice focuses on things and beings in transition; those that are neither one thing nor another, but rather that vulnerable state between.

Drawing on historical references, both personal and cultural, she works mainly with clay and the figure, using found objects combined with one-off handmade pieces in large and small scale.  The found and discarded objects that she uses form intimate symbols and signifiers of who we are; they are the artefacts of our personal histories. Palfreyman appropriates and alters them to create often darkly humorous works that both attract and unsettle the viewer, inviting personal narratives.
Her most recent work includes life-sized rabbit-boys that form her ongoing ĎShort Storiesí series.

She has exhibited widely since her graduation in 2007, including the 5th World Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2009, where she received a prize. Her work is in private collections in the UK, Denmark, France and America.

Born  1967

  Honourable Mention, World Ceramic Biennale in Korea
2007  University of Westminster Prize

Group Exhibitions
 Precious: Reclaiming Art & Craft, toured to:  Harley
Gallery, Nottingham, Winchester Discovery Centre, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Banbury Museum Galleries, Banbury
2010  Freaks, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Precious, Brighton & Hove Museum, touring
Art At Delamore, Delamore House, Devon
2009  Salon 09, Matt Roberts Arts, London
Milestone, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich & St Andrew's Crypt, Chancery Lane
Tales From the Electric Forest, St Pancras Crypt, London
5th International Ceramic Biennale, Korea
Identity, Black Swan Arts, Frome
2008  Winterís Tale, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Ealing Open, PM Gallery, London
Setting Out, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Setting Out, Contemporary Ceramics, London
2006  Step Even Closer, London Gallery West

2005  Step Closer, London Gallery West

private collections in the UK, Denmark, France and America 




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