Claire Halpin graduated from D.I.T with B.A Honours in Painting and went on to complete her Masters at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland. Since graduating she has exhibited widely in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad - most recently at Artisterium 4,Tbilisi, Georgia. Claire has had a number of solo exhibitions including Reconstructionsat Droichead Arts Centre (2012), Reconstructions at Talbot Gallery (2011), Tabula Rasa at Cavan County Museum (2011), Anaesthetic Aesthetics at Rua Red, Tallaght (2010), Always Now at Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2008)and solo exhibitions at Basement Gallery, Dundalk, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Model Arts Centre, Sligo. Her paintings are included in many private, public and corporate collections.
Claire’s recent work takes its imagery from a number of sources from media photos of areas of conflict to paintings from the canon of art history from Byzantine and Early Renaissance. The techniques employed range from the traditional form and materials of icon painting through to traditional oil painting and photographic transfer.
She attemptsto present a contradiction within each painting between the subject matter and its rendering through paint. In the photographic transfer paintings the initial shock and graphicness of the subject matter gives way to a luring in by the painted surface. The themes in the work concern the use of imagery and how we perceive and interpret imagery and paintings depending on how they are painted and how the context in which we view images influences our perception and interpretation of them. These paintings raise questions about how we remember the past; choose to record history - the veracity of painting, photography, and the media in documenting future history.