With a solo exhibition on at Glasgow’s Tramway until 9th April, Paisley-born Claire Barclay has had an illustrious career in the visual arts, producing striking, thought provoking work.
She was brought up in Bridge of Weir attending Gryffe High School and fondly remembers visits to Paisley where the town’s textile heritage left an indelible impression.
Claire’s artistic talent developed at secondary school and later at Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with Martin Boyce and Ross Sinclair and, together with the likes of Douglas Gordon and David Shrigley, helped establish Glasgow as a serious centre for contemporary art.
Her exhibition ‘Yield Point’ looks at the relationship between the human body and industrial workplace, particularly the physical states of strength and vulnerability that underlie human engagement in skilled manual work.
Large sculptural forms inhabit Tramway’s vast, stark interior like odd factory remnants, while machine oil flows and transforms over the course of the exhibition.
Claire has created work for Paisley Museum and has had many solo shows including at Tate Britain and The Modern Institute. She has also collaborated with artists such as Turner prize nominee Cathy Wilkes.
Claire Barclay, Yield Point (2016) photograph by Brian Hartley