"Claire Souter is a contemporary visual artist from Australia. She is known for her works in painting, drawing and printmaking, and is recognised for her intricate and detailed imagery often exploring themes of identity, memory and the natural world. Souter has exhibited her works widely in galleries and exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. Her works are often surrealistic, vibrant, and colorful (sic), featuring intricate patterns and intricate details. Souter has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, and her works are held in public and private collections around the world." Artificial intelligence review 2023.!!!
My paintings and exhibitions are a continual reflection of my personal life, which has involved family life, women's issues, spiritual themes and a close observance of the natural world. With significant time spent in preparation for a piece, I work from my vast collection of personal photographs to complete a detailed charcoal drawing.Then I slowly "flesh out" the piece by adding layer upon layer of thin oil glazes, aiming to create the "glow" of natural light and a clarity, depth and beauty. My review 2019.
Curriculum Vitae - Claire Souter 2019
2016 “I love China” Canopy art gallery, Cairns.
2014 “From Australia to Qingdao” Ginkgo gallery, Qingdao, China.
2011 “Working from nature’s design” Local Images, Penola, SA
2010 “Tropical Botanica” Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA
2009 “Tropical Homage” JMG Galleries, Newcastle, NSW
2007 “Green again” Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld
2005 “Leaf Green” JMG Galleries, Newcastle, NSW
2002 "On the Shoreline" JMG Galleries, Newcastle, NSW
2001 Survey exhibition, Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA
2001 "Horizons", Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA
1999 “Green” – Local Images, Penola, SA
1998 “Pastorale” – Peweena Station, Mt Gambier
1998 “Pastorale” – St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide (Greenaway exhibition)
1997 Penola Festival, Penola Anglican church hall.
1996 “Eclairage” – Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW.
1996 “Eclairage”- St.Peters Cathedral. Adelaide (Greenaway exhibition)
1995 “Light Matters” – Wilson’s at Robe, SA
1995 “Cuore” – Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA1994
1994 “Child’s Play” – Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1993 “Michelangelesque” – Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA
1992 “Country Harvest” – Wilson’s at Robe, SA
1991 “Songlines” – Studio One Guest artist, Mt Gambier, SA
1990 “Reflections” – Wilson’s at Robe, SA
Art classes with Ruth Tuck, Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts (humanities/art history) at Flinders Uni, SA
Teacher, Gepps Cross Girls Tech. High School, Adelaide
Librarian, Concordia College, Adelaide
Motherhood and family work.
Certificate in Visual Art, South East College of TAFE,1988
Lecturer in Visual Arts at SE Institute of TAFE, 1988-1999.
Art classes in home studio, Mount Gambier, SA, 2000 -2002
2003-2016 Claire Souter Gallery, Kuranda, Qld. (teaching and exhibiting)
2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Highly commended, painting section
2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Highly commended, works on paper
2007 People’s choice award, Oceanic Art Prize, Port Douglas
2007 People’s choice award, Townsville Art Prize
2006 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, First prize, painting, SA Museum
2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Second prize, painting, SA Museum
2005 Chardonnay Lodge vinicultural art prize, Winner, Coonawarra SA
2000 Needham religious art prize, Winner
1998 Robe art prize, Winner.
1997 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive art prize, Penola, Winner.
1995 Blue Lake Festival Lifeline Exhibition, Winner.
1995 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize - Winner, Penola.
1990 "Henri Post exhibition" Mt Gambier, Winner, still life
1989 "Henri Post Exhibition" Winner, Portrait prize
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Gondwana’s garden, Tanks, Cairns
2015 Members’ exhibition – Kick Arts, Cairns
2005 Postcard exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld
2005 A4 Art auction, Riddoch Regional Gallery, SA
2005 Sydney "Art on paper fair" with John Miller galleries, NSW
2005 VAA group exhibition Forest Gardens treetop display, Cairns, Qld
2003 Atrium Gallery, Paradise Palms, Palm Cove Qld
2003 Cairns Art Society, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld
2001 "Layers of the Land"( Country arts SA). New Land Gallery, Port Adelaide, SA
2001 Mosman exhibition, Sydney
2001 Liverpool art show, Sydney
2000 Heysen exhibition, Hahndorf, SA
2000 Fleurieu art prize (finalist), McLaren Vale, SA
2000 Mandorla art prize (finalist), Perth, WA
2000 Whyalla Santos art prize exhibition.
1999 “Garden Delight” – Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA
1999 “Pantheist” – New Land Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1999 “Paintings”, Tin Fish Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1999 “Body and Soul” – Studio One, Mt Gambier, SA
1997 "Thumbprint” – Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA
etc from 1987