Contemporary Portrait Artist
About Claire Phillips
Claire is a British portrait painter. Through large-scale oil portraits she communicates individual personal stories, revealing aspects of humanity or human experience in general. Whether expressing the extraordinariness of people she meets every day - the window cleaner, beekeeper or dairyman - or portraying the simple humanity of those facing the most extraordinary situations - the executioner, the death row prisoner, or the murder victim's family.
Working with British legal action charity, Reprieve, she created an exhibition of portraits and audio interviews bringing the viewer face-to-face with different individual human perspectives on the death penalty and reflecting on the human face of death row.
She also worked with Indian charity, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, creating and exhibiting a series of portraits to raise awareness of their work to end child trafficking and child labour, and provide children with a free education.