ABOUT ARTIST CLAIRE GILL
Claire Gill is a British artist specialising in digital photomontage, which she exhibits and sell in the form of limited edition fine art prints.
She has always used photography as a way of seeing and exploring the world and researching creative projects. As a photographer Claire loves to compose pictures in the camera, to record people, places and events as they are and as they happen. As an approach it requires energy and an engagement with and responsiveness to the ‘moment’
As an artist Claire takes a less immediate path to creating imagery and loves to explore the possibilities of composing images outside of the camera. She employs the technique of digital photomontage to explore a sense of the places and spaces that surround us, combining and juxtaposing original photographic imagery to create a entirely new scene, strangely void of people and ‘moments’
Much of her work is inspired by the british coastline as she is fascinated by seaside towns, many of which enjoyed their hey day in the middle of the last century. Now more run down, they have a different appeal, and still hold fond memories of childhood holidays and day trips for many.
The ambiguous use of space within the pictures adds depth to images, which at first glance seem straight-forward and my love of colour, surface, and structure inherited from my background in textile design combine to create poetic images, where all is not as it seems.
Claire trained at the Royal College of Art in Knitted Textiles and went on to design knitwear for both Alberta Ferretti and Valentino in Italy before starting her own knitwear business with the help of the Crafts Council. Her work changed direction after starting a family when Photography came to the fore in her approach. Claire has lectured in both secondary schools and Universities alongside her art career for the last 18 years and have recently been invited to give talks about her work and approach to various Photographic Societies in kent.