Clare Bigger

IerakvBfYMR8eOY0_aSyhWClhjoaoI5XKuV2dPLvOkcClare was born in 1967 and, after studying for her Foundation Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education, she went on to study for her degree in Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff, Wales.

Her work has featured in collections including the Priors Court School collection and the Jerwood Foundation.

Clare Bigger is a figurative sculptor whose work is predominantly made from stainless steel and sometimes mild steel. Her sculptures vary in size from about 4 inches high up to 10 metres. “As a gifted sculptor, her work shows an extraordinary marriage between perception and the medium that is the hallmark of the consummate artist. The sculptures she creates are a celebration of movement, poise and balance”.(R.S. Bohun Gallery).

She creates work for a number of different environments – domestic, business premises and large outdoor creations that are generally seen as public art. Her contribution to landscape art through commissions for clients such as EMI, Birmingham Midshires Building Society, Taylor Woodrow and Akeler has significantly enhanced garden, park and corporate environments.

Her work is seen as contemporary, figurative sculpture with subjects ranging from horses, cats and other animals to gymnasts and dancers. Clare Bigger’s sculptures are a revelation, a celebration of life and the spontaneity of movement. Her aim is to suggest a gesture, a movement by utilising the minimum of detail, leaving the mind of the observer to complete the picture.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

1985 – 1986    Foundation at Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education.
1986 – 1989    BA(Hons) Fine Art from South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff, Wales.

Exhibitions, Commissions & Awards
2013

40 years of Fine Art – Bohun Gallery
Group show Tallantyres
Celebrating the Dance – Leith Gallery
Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2012
“The flight of the Ball” (7 metres) -Commissioned by Tesco plc , Stretford Boulevard, Old Trafford, Manchester
“The Three Fishes”2012 (1m)- Commissioned by Whalley Parish Council for Britain in Bloom.
Highly commended by RHS
Garden show, Bohun Gallery, group show Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
Group Show, New Academy Gallery, London
2011

“Climbing to new heights” sculpture (7m)- Commissioned by Wigan Council  for a roundabout in Atherton.
Highly commended Urban Design Awards, Wigan
“Irish Elk”(3.2m)- Commissioned by Mourne Heritage Trust, N. Ireland –collaborative project with Irish artist Paul Regan
Group Show, New Academy Gallery, Garden show, Bohun Gallery, Christmas shows, Bohun Gallery & New Academy Gallery
2010

“Energise” (6.5m)- Commissioned by Harlow Sports Trust for Harlow LeisureZone, Harlow Essex
“Hurdler”(5m) – Commissioned by Telford Homes plc for Queen Mary’s Gate, South Woodford, London
“Skateboarders I & II” 2010 – Commissioned by Sapcote Developments for foyer of 20 Hammersmith Broadway, London.
2009
“Newt” 2009 – Commissioned by Globe Enterprises Ltd for Platt’s Lodge, Accrington
“Sir Samuel Romilly” 2009 – Commissioned by JD Wetherspoon for Sir Samuel Romilly Pub in Barry, South Wales
“Creativity Awards Trophy”2009 – Commissioned to make the five Lancashire Creativity Business Awards
Director’s Choice, New Academy Gallery

2008
“Wallace Hartley” 2008- Commissioned by JD Wetherspoon for Wallace Hartley Pub in Colne, Lancashire.
“Natural Cycles” 2008 (3m)- Commissioned by Landid for site in Leatherhead
“Swimmer” 2008 (3.8) -Commissioned for foyer of Forty five Church Street, Birmingham
“Greenheart Gateway” 2008(4m)-Commissioned by Wigan Council for Greenheart Cycleway, Wigan
Group show, Sculpture Park, Newby Hall, Ripon
2007
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London- Chosen by Art collector Dame Steve Shirley.
Awarded The Arts Club Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition.
“Sikka Deer”2007 – Commissioned by Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire
“Milly” 2007 – Commissioned by Colne in Bloom, Lancashire
2006
”Trees in a landscape” 2006 – Commissioned by Preston City Council for Friargate Brow, Preston.
“Sprinter” 2006 (4.5m)- Commissioned by St Theodore’s School, Burnley
The Art of Outdoor living, Twist Art & Design
Solo show – New Academy & Curwen Gallery, London
2005
”Spirit of Wigan” 2005    (10 m)-Commissioned by Wigan Council and sponsored by totesport for Bryn Roundabout, J25 M6, Wigan.
Awarded Urban Design Award, Wigan.
“The Fabric of Manchester” 2005 (2.8m)- Commissioned by Bruntwood for Alberton House, Manchester.
Go Figure, Twist Art & Design
Sport of Kings, Anstey Gallery, Harrogate
Artists of Fame and Promise, Bohun Gallery
Milne & Moller, Affordable Art Fair
2004
”Gartmore Challenge Trophy”2004 – Commissioned to make trophy for Barbarians vs. All Blacks Rugby Match
Group show, Milne & Moller
Group show, Twist Art & Design
2003
“Triumphant” 2003 (6 m) – Commissioned by Akeler for Leeds Valley Park
“Helios” 2003(5.5 m) – Commissioned by Akeler for Visteon Offices, Basildon
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Bohun Gallery
Anstey Gallery, Harrogate
Christmas Show, Bohun Gallery
Christmas Show, New Academy Gallery
Anstey Gallery, Harrogate
2002
Bohun Gallery, Garden show
Fifteen years in Fitzrovia, New Academy

2001   
“On with the dance!” 2001 (27m) – Commissioned by Dame Steve Shirley for Priors Court School, Newbury
“Water Nymphs” 2001 (8 m) – Commissioned by MEPC for Two Rivers Shopping Centre, Staines.
Awarded Spelthorne Design Award
Dove of Peace” 2001(1 m) – Commissioned by The Mission for Peace Group, Lancashire Youth and Community Service for Briarfield Peace Garden, Lancashire
Three Generations of Sculptors, Beaux Arts, Bath
Art 01, New Academy Gallery
Bohun Gallery, Garden show
2000
Solo show, New Academy Gallery, London
“Reading Gateway” 2000 (6 m) – Commissioned by Akeler Developments Ltd for Reading International Business Park
Milne & Moller, Chelsea Art Fair
1999
Art 99, New Academy Gallery
1998 
“Horn of Hamilton” 1998 (7 m) – Commissioned by Gazeley Properties Ltd for Hamilton Palace Retail Park, Hamilton, Scotland
Solo show, Bohun Gallery
Help the Aged Garden, Chelsea Flower Show
Bohun Gallery, 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Milne & Moller, 20/20 Vision
The Alton Gallery, London
1997
Solo show, New Academy Gallery, London
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
EMI Centenary Garden, Chelsea Flower Show
1996
Solo Show, Milne & Moller, London
New Academy Gallery, London
Women Sculptors, Solomon Gallery, Dublin.
Small Paintings, Small Pots, Bohun Gallery
Christmas Show, New Academy Gallery
Christmas Show, Solomon Gallery
1995
“The Champions” 1995 (6 m) – Birmingham Midshires Building Society, Head Office, Wolverhampton
Finalist in British Airways Award for Young Achievers in Art.
Group show, Beaux Arts, Bath.
Birds & Beasts, Bohun Gallery
1994
Solo show – Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Solo show – Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon
Frankfurt International Art Fair
1993
Bohun Gallery, Summer & Christmas shows.
Beaux Arts, Summer Exhibition
Gallery Saga, Chiba-shi, Japan
Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London.   Awarded Wildlife Art Prize.
1992
Solo show – Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon
Regional Winner of Reader’s Digest/Princes Youth Business Trust Award
The Contemporary Art Group, London.
Summer Show, Beaux Arts, Bath.
Small Sculpture, Bohun Gallery
1991
Regional Winner of the Livewire Award
The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton
Gallery Shurini, London.
1990
Summer & Christmas Shows, Bohun Gallery

 

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