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Claire Alexander

British Portrait Painter

Claire graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1995 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. After a long spell working in the design industry she started to exhibit her portraits successfully in 2003.

Claire works mainly in oils on canvas. Her portraits tune into the personality of the people she paints, reflecting their spirit and character and, often, their sense of humour. Her contemporary approach to pose, dynamic composition and colour produces paintings that are modern, proud, vibrant and uniquely individual. The result is refreshingly direct and unsentimental.


Portraits can be commissioned as a surprise gift, as Claire work frequently from good quality existing photographs. However, where possible she likes to take her own photographs for visual references. Working from photographs enables Claire to produce a more playful portrait that captures a split-second pose, as a smile or an adventurous pose cannot be held over a period of time. She will work from live sittings where feasible if a different result is required, concentrating on the relationship between the artist and the subject.

Claire considers it important to build a relationship with both the commissioner and the subject. She follows a simple commissioning procedure that ensures she quickly identifies the expectations, wishes and concerns of her clients and encourages open and honest communication between both parties at every stage. Initially Claire requires a short meeting of 1-2 hours in which to gather information about the subject, take photographs and make sketches where possible. She will then produce a preparatory drawing of the final composition to be approved by the commissioner before embarking on the finished piece.


Lead-times from the initial meeting to the unveiling of the canvas vary from 6-12 weeks depending on the scale of the project. Claire is happy to give a telephone consultation to discuss ideas and talk though costs and terms.


Claire takes inspiration from many artists; Lucien Freud, Cindy Sherman, Edward Manet and Andy Warhol being just a few of her greatest influences.