A New York native and artist since childhood, Claire graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She began with a major in Fine Arts but transitioned to fashion, becoming an award-winning designer at London Fog, East-West, Braetan, and Gallery.
In 2008, She rediscovered her passion for art in the form of abstract painting.
Claire works in acrylics, oils, and various other natural and manufactured materials to create unique dimension, color, and texture. Her works have been displayed at galleries across New York and Connecticut.
In 2013, her works were curated with a private collection of lithographs by Chagall, Picasso, and Dalí at a gallery in Rhinebeck, NY. A year later, her painting Saturday in the Country won Honorable Mention in a show judged by Walter Leidtke––a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I recognize beauty in both the everyday and the exceptional, creating an aesthetic event through abstraction. My works are expressions of my own sentiments and passions, leaving the viewer to negotiate meaning.
Andy Hammerstein Bio
“Art making appeals to me because it is communication at the frontiers of human consciousness. Not all things can be described by words. Words may rush in soon after to describe what it has seen, but the new vision always leads the way, leads the discussion. Art is the leading edge, the not-yet absorbed, the difficult, the uncomfortable. To experience art is to experience the new”
Fieldston School, Bronx, NY. Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Arts Student League, NYC. Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Parsons School of Design, NYC. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture East Madison, ME
Art/Work Experience Asst. Photographer / Photo-Animation Colorist / Photo-Backdrop Artist, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC TV, NYC Computer Artist, Creative Media Communications, NYC Art Coordinator – “Everybody Wins”, Orion feature film, Wilmington, NC Author/Curator – 200-Year History of NYC Theatre, Paine Webber Gallery Space, NYC
Commercial Art Commissions:
-Scenic Artist for Sandbank and Partners, Hawthorne, NY
-Muralist at Hilton Hotel, Hillcrest, NJ
-Artist 6 paintings for “Ghost” Paramount Pictures, Wilmington, NC
-Artist – 650 silk painting Mural for the “Bastille Celebration”, Parrish Museum, Southampton
-Fabric Designer, seisel rug (17’x22’) for Polo Corporation, NYC
-Artist -13 ancient Pompeiian paintings for Doral Hotel, NYC
-Muralist – mural for Temple Beth Elohim Synagogue, Long Island, NY
-Art Copyist – 3 waterlilies paintings in the style of Monet, Doral Country Club, FL
-Installer/Contractor for exhibitions, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC
-Room Designer for Kips Bay Decorator Show House, NYC
-Artist/Designer – 7 banners (8’x20’ each) for Brecht /Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins”, Avery Fischer Hall -Storyboard Artist for Robert Chang Productions, NYC
Synchronicity Space Gallery, NYC – N.W.C.A., Mt. Kisco, NY – Hiram Halle Library, Pound Ridge, NY – Landmark Gallery, Tarrytown, NY – Soundview Gallery, Greenwich, CT – Plaza 55 Gallery, Greenwich, CT – Gallery at Merritt Crossing, Milford, CT – Firenze Gallery, New Preston, CT – University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT
Onatru Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY – Charles Michael Gallery, N. Salem, NY – Charter Oak Gallery, Fairfield, CT – Phoenix Gallery, Cross River, NY