Many of Claire Naylor’s paintings have been commissions and she has collections of her artwork around much of the globe
Since the '80's she has held several successful exhibitions in Spain, Zimbabwe and France where she has lived. In the USA she has exhibited in Dallas Tx, with Native Visions Galleries in Florida, Camano Island, WA. and with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s ‘Birds in Art’ show, Wisconsin. In London she has twice been accepted for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries and in ‘The New Look in British Portraiture’ at the National Portrait Gallery. Her works have also been hung at the Salon International de Clairac, Coucoussac’Arts and Art Contemporain Nature-Animaux, Cannes.
Her love of painting and her love of animals make an especially good marriage. Fur feathers and faces are her forte, but limited to these she is not…
List of artistic achievements.
Accepted to exhibit with the Children’s Royal Academy aged 8.
Won 1st prize at the 1975 ‘Concurso Nacional de Pintura’ (National Art Show of Spain)
Works accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1 for The Summer Exhibitions of both ’80 and ’81. The Summer Exhibition has been a major annual event since 1769.
Exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 89th Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.
Guidance from Norman Hepple R.A., President of RSPP and a great contributor to British 20th Century portrait painting, was an important influence during her earlier years.
Accepted for the Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award’s ‘The New Look in British Portraiture’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London WC2.
Apart from work for private individuals internationally, her paintings hang in the offices of J.H. Minet, Tarmac Group of Companies, J. Boylan & Co., Clarkes, Irish Life plc., Henry Willis and others.
For the 16th/5th The Queens Royal Lancers she was commissioned to paint a polo match with each individual player and polo pony rendered as true portrayals. The painting hangs in the Assaye Barracks, Hants. UK.
In ’85 the Queen, who is the Captain General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery visited Dortmund for the 200 gun parade with all the artillery units based in W.Germany being present. Claire Naylor was commissioned to immortalise the occasion for the Napier Barracks.
She painted the commissioned portrait of the chairman of the National Farmers Union to hang in their headquarters at Stratford upon Avon.
Other commissions include:
Brigadier Bastik of the Royal Tank Regiment
Tom Baker (of Dr. Who fame)
Leonard Tsumba Governer of the Reserve Bank, Harare
Lieutenant General Colby M Broadwater III
Claire was born in Berkshire, England to begin a life of frequent relocation due to an army background. Her father had been a commercial artist and had met her Swedish mother, also an able artist, at an art school dance in London, thus her artistic tendencies were encouraged from an early age. Apart from this, and the influence of Norman Hepple RA, she is entirely self-taught.
In '79 after a Christmas for which she'd painted robin Christmas cards, and noting that everyone was framing these, the roots for future bird painting took hold. Her earlier years, however, were mostly devoted to portraiture, in many cases miniatures. The smallest of these was her portrayal of the Mona Lisa the size of a 1€ coin, enigmatic smile included.
She spent many years concentrating on portrait commissions in Spain, W. Germany and Dallas, Texas. In Zimbabwe, whilst the portraiture continued, she also took to animal painting, both domestic and wildlife,
She now resides in S.W. France continuing the portraiture, the animal painting and extensions of these...