Claire Duguid


Studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and graduated in July 2004 with a BA Hons Fine Art. Now living and working in Edinburgh, she exhibits her work in the UK, Europe and USA with a growing list of private collectors and appearing in several art features in press and television.

Personal Statement

My work deals with varied experiences of intimacy and solitude. I intend to create an ambiguous serenity or powerful sense of presence, touching on an almost religious aura.

I use strong, pure, natural light or vivid colourful artificial light with movement to abstract the subject, capturing varying levels of abstraction in photographs and film stills. Using this as my source material I paint a photorealist interpretation intending to convey an energy and radiance contained within the confines of the canvas. Producing panels of light, colour, intrigue and overall beauty.

I experiment with the relationships between the figure and environment, and, the viewer and the painting, exploring different perceptions of reality. In much of my work I aim to bring a fusion between fore and background, using the light to distort and erode the figure, giving the light a sense of form and the figure less definition, creating an equality between the elements. Contrastingly, in a number of my works I distort the background to create a distinct separation of the figure from its environment, creating a sense of isolation. In doing so, engaging the viewer and generating an intimacy with the subject.


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, BA Honours
University of Dundee, Fine Art

Awards and Achievements

Selected by the RSA and Standard Life Investments as an invited artist to exhibit in an exclusive show at the Atrium Gallery of Whiteleys, London, following the RSA Students Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh.

Invited as part of a small selection of artists from BraveArt 03 to attend media events to promote BraveArt 04.


Mar 03: RSA Students Exhibition
City Art Centre, Edinburgh
May 03: BraveArt 03
The Atrium Gallery, London
Feb – Mar 04: RSA Students Exhibition
RSA building, Edinburgh
May 04: Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show
Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee
Jun 04: Gallery Launch; Mixed Show
McKenzie Galleries, St. Andrews
Jul  Aug 04: New Generation Show
Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Oct 04: Affordable Art Fair
London, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Mayfair, London
Nov  Dec 04: St Andrews Week Exhibition, Old Course Hotel, organizer McKenzie Galleries, St Andrews
Feb  Mar 05: New Faces
2005 The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
Feb  Mar 05: Figurative Show Green Gallery, Aberfoyle
Apr  May 05: Glasgow Art Fair, with Scotlandart.com
Jul Aug 05: Figure it Out, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh
Nov 05: New York Affordable Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Jan 06: London Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Sept Oct 06: Joint gallery exhibition with Scotlandart.com, Karen Taylor Contemporary Fine Art, London
Oct 06: Joint Gallery Exhibition with Scotlandart.com, Gallery One, London
Nov 06: Art Ireland, Dublin with Scotlandart.com
Nov 06: Edinburgh Art Fair with Scotlandart.com
Dec 06: Christmas Exhibition, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh
Mar 07: Affordable Art Fair London, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Apr 07: Glasgow Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Nov 07: Edinburgh Art Fair with scotlandart.com Galleries
Apr 08: ‘Contemporary Figurative Paintings’ show at scotlandart.com Gallery, Edinburgh
Nov 08: Edinburgh Art Fair with scotlandart.com galleries
July August 12: Claire Duguid and Dylan Lyle Exhibition at Union Gallery, Edinburgh


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