"Candy" by Claire Sower
8179 x 8135 px
This piece is from a series of paintings entitled ingenue which is loosely representative of iconinc women, both real and fictional. As I approached the end of the end of the series I did Candy, and while she is not based on a real character, she speaks to the way beautiful women can be referred to, arm candy, eye candy. The piece seems almost fluffy but there is strength in the deep watermelon reds and the posture of the petals and the vase.
Website: Museum.io Collections on OpenSea
About the Artist:
Claire Sower is a contemporary artist based in Vancouver, Canada, where she was born and raised. At the age of twenty one she emigrated to London, England, where she lived for a decade doing a variety of things including fashion illustration. In 1992, she returned to Vancouver where she began a successful career as a medical writer. In 2009, unforeseen circumstances facilitated radical changes in Claire’s life. Consequently, she decided to follow in her artist father’s footsteps and took up painting. In 2012, she joined the Federation of Canadian Artists. In 2013, she was offered a solo exhibit at West Vancouver City Hall, which launched her professional career.
In 2014 her work appeared on the cover of Bulletin, a national Japanese Canadian arts and culture magazine and 2015 saw her exhibit in New York. In March 2020, she was featured as an Artist to Collect by Arabella Magazine. Claire’s work hangs in private collections in Canada, the USA and the UK and in the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia, Foundation public art collection. She is a juried member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the American Women Artists Organization.
Drawing on her time in London and many years of travel, and inspired by the painters Claude Monet, Bernard Cathelin, Pierre Bonnard, and David Hockney among others, Claire’s work is bold, colorful and unapologetically joyful, sitting somewhere between impressionism, expressionism and abstraction. Largely self taught, she works primarily in oil paint and is known for her impasto florals and vivid landscapes. Recently, as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic and the evolution of NFTs, Claire has begun exploring the use of digital media for the creation of her artwork.