Claire Mc Dermott's MRBS asks us what do we know about plants. She reflects on what has been planted in our conscious verses our deep experience of plants. With her detailed paintings and drawing of everyday flowers, not in high bloom, but on the wane, her hope is that we re-see, beyond our prejudices, an image of something unfamiliar: Unfamiliar because the flower in her paintings are both magnified and spent, an unfamiliar combination for the viewer. The water colour paintings are botanically correct showing the structure and function of plants at a scale that a bee may observe. Her current project titled - Identity, derives from microscopic studies of plant anatomy of spent Michaelmas daisies.
The meeting between Mc Dermott’s paintings and sculpture is located at the formation of petals when those petals progress into contorted yet exquisite forms, captivating yet unnoticed: Drawing us into the wider social issue regarding what we might consider ‘deformed and what we accept as ‘beauty’ within the distortion.
Her adaptation of plants continue through drawn studies and researches into their ecology and habitats, while she transform her findings through sculpture. These contemporary sculptures with their symbolic components reflect and incorporate her urban environment.
Mc Dermott was born / lives and works in London, who studied Historic Decorative Crafts at De Montfort University, Lincoln. Worked for Sir Dick Reid of York and for Alan Martin’s studios of Twickenham as a wood and clay sculptor. She studied RHS Horticulture - Plant anatomy / microscopic work at Harrow College and Botanical Illustration at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
She received a Silver-Gilt medal for her water colours painting at the 2015 New RHS London Botanical Art Show and exhibited at the Mall Galleries with Royal institute of painters in water colours (RI) exhibition.
Mc Dermott was shortlisted to take part in the Sculpture Symposium 2016 and the AA2A Project at Chemsford College 2017. She gave an artist talk at the Sculpture conference at the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2017 and started this year with her solo exhibition titled; Illusion at Space2 Gallery in Watford Museum. Her work is held at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland and at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent.
CV & Education
Claire Mc Dermott MRBS
Sculptor and Painter
Mobile: 07866 517161
Education and Training:
1996 HND Historic Decorative Crafts. De Montford University, Lincoln
1997/0 Sir Dick Reid studios, York. Classically trained woodcarver and clay sculptor
1998 Portrait: life modelling in clay and mould making at York College
2000 Alan Martin’s studios, London, TW2. Architectural clay sculptor/mould making
2005 Commenced exhibiting contemporary artwork
2006 RHS Horticulture: Plant morphology/microscopic work at Harrow College, HA5
2011 Metal sculpture at City Lit, London. Sculptural by bending, welding and soldering
2012 Botanical Illustration at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens
2018 Illusion at Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum, WD172DT
2013 Persona. Curated by May Shetrit at The Gallery at HAC, London HA5
2009 Evolving at Fovea Gallery, Harrow, London, HA1
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017 National Garden Scheme at Bannisters Garden, Oxford, OX5SF
2017 AA2A exhibition at the Art & Design Chelmsford College
2017 The Sculpture Garden, Cookham Festival, .
2016 The ForumArts Sculpture Symposium 2016 until 10/09/2017
2015 The Independent Artist Fair: TIAF at the Rag Factory, London, E1
2015 RHS London Botanical Art Show, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1
2015 Shortlisted for RI Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, W1
2014 Joint exhibition with Johannes Von Stumm at the North Wall Art Centre, Oxford
2014 The Independent Artist Fair: TIAF at the Rag Factory, London, E1
2014 Shortlisted for Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford. Received 'highly recommended'
2014 Shortlisted for Artsdepot Open Competition, London
2014 Art and Science, Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford, SG1
2013 Selected at Marburae Art Gallery, Macclesfield, Cheshire
2013 Summer Exhibition, Fulham Palace, Bishops Ave, London, SW6
2013 Swiss Cottage Gallery, London, NW3
2012 To Be Conceived: The Old Police Station, New Cross, London SE14
2012 Culture: opening exhibition of the new white cube space at The Gallery HAC, HA5
2012 Botanical Celebration at Westminster Central Hall, London, SW1
2011 Art in the Garden: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
2011 Inside out: Rhondda Heritage Park, colliery in Trehafod, Wales
2010 Lumen Ortis: Bournemouth Central Gardens & Bournemouth University
2009 TwoGether: Jane McAdam Freud & Claire McDermott, Gradidg Gallery, WC1
2006 Tower 42 exhibition, City of London, EC2
2005 Shortlisted for The Art of Love competition, OXO Tower, The Gallery, London, SE1
Awards, Residencies and Public Commission:
2016/7 AA2A residency and exhibition at the Art & Design Chelmsford College
2016/7 The ForumArts Sculpture Symposium 2016 is a residency sponsored by the Royal
Borough Kensington and Chelsea and is held at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. Further
support will be given by the London Sculpture Workshop and Chelsea Arts Club
2015 The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awarded a silver-gilt medal
2015 The Cill Rialaig Residency, Co Kerry, Ireland. To make an self-portrait installation
2014 The RHS: Picture Advisory Panel considers Mc Dermott’s work botanical correct
2011 As chairman of EXHIBIT-org.uk, Mc Dermott worked with Harrow Arts Centre (HAC),
and was funded by the Arts Council England to launch The Gallery at HAC
2009 The Meeting Tree: for Harrow Council for Newton Farm Ecology Park, HA2
2018 Illusion at Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum
2017 Sculpture Conference at the Royal Society of British Sculptors
2016 Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, kent for Sculpture Symposium
2013 Persona: solo exhibition, HAC, London
2013 To be Conceived: The Old Police Station, New Cross, London
2012 Culture: Jeff Lowe, Rob Ward, Jane McAdam Freud and Claire McDermott at HAC
2012 Enthusiasm or Ambition: at HAC, London, HA5
2011 Introduction: Sculpture Network held at Jeff Lowe’s studios, London, SE4
2006 The Life of an Artist: St Alban’s Society, London, HA2
Reviews and Links:
https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/my/Claire Mc Dermott
2012 Culture booklet published for the opening of The Gallery at HAC, London, HA5.
2009 HVAF catalogue supported by Winsor & Newton, Eggmeg and Harrow Council.
2005 The Art of Love, catalogue of shortlisted artists for the London Art Prize.
2005 Catalogue of group exhibition at the Corn Exchange, London, EC3
Member: EXHIBIT, Royal British Sculptors, Axis, The Art Worker’s Guild and ForumArts.
Work currently held at: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent, Luminaire Arts, London, Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ireland