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Miriam McClay

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Artwork for Miriam McClay

Thank you for the Days, April 2019

Sunshine, August 2019

Sticking Plaster, June 2018

I'll Fly Away, April 2018

From the Songlist, July 2018

Finding Nemo, July 2018

Fire Within, April 2021

Barcelona, April 2021

Details

Telephone: 
07804252309
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

The language of paint is endless and my recent work has ventured into abstraction as a way to explore mark-making and expression more freely and spontaneously. This has opened up countless creative opportunities for me and abstract painting has allowed me to capture emotion and mood within gestural marks and colour.
My working process is intuitive and playful; experimentation is an essential element in creating my paintings. Each painting must be about testing out new ideas and techniques and never a repeat of the last; adding and scraping back paint through an infinite combination of options to achieve something quite new and distinct from the starting point. Colours, marks and movement change over time and so the paintings reflect that in their layering; a documentation of the conversation I have with them. I hope you enjoy the work.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

A world without colour and playing with paint is unimaginable. My art practice feeds my sense of being alive, developing, evolving, changing and growing. who wouldn't want to see the world with fresh eyes every day.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a full-time teacher and Head of Art at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre. My own practice is vital to my identity, my well-being and my teaching role.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I work predominantly in paint but strongly believe in experimentation and the joy of one technique informing another. Textile work and print is also a favourite of mine. I work with students aged 11-18, 5 days and week and my job is an absolute delight; the energy and creativity of my students benefits my own practice enormously.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I trained at Falmouth School of Art and Design where I gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. A year later I achieved a Master’s Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. My PGCE at Middlesex University led me into a full-time teaching role. I have now been teaching for 26 years and although education faces many challenges, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded with creativity and colour every day. Alongside my position in education I have always kept up my own art practice

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Online Exhibition, jGallery, Moulton, Northampton. 2021.
The Courtyard, Hereford. September 2019.
Soul and Seasons, jGallery, Moulton, Northampton. August 2018.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Contact the artist directly. For further information please see website.

Venues Confirmed: 
Yes
Venues Description: 
'Wyenook' Coppit Hill Goodrich HR9 6JH

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