Claire Paterson graduated from the Glasgow School of Art Painting and Printmaking department in 2008, winning the inaugural Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for Creativity, the School of Fine Art Dissertation Prize, and the British Airways Travel Bursary. Her first solo show, entitled Unsign, was held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. During 2009, she used the British Airways Travel Bursary to embark on a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, doing research into the symbolism and iconography of various religious groups in these states. Since then, she has participated in various group shows, and has been developing a new body of work.
Paterson has hosted a series of Master-classes at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art on behalf of the Steven Campbell Trust, emphasising the importance of figurative painting in contemporary art practise.
In her most recent body of work, Paterson has become interested in the figure in its most basic form - the uncontextualised nude. Paint is employed in its role as a meditative, time-based process - capturing echoes of focused activity that are trapped and stilled by the medium. These pieces constitute a hyper-personal enquiry into the urge to represent and the anxiety expressed in the desire to freeze the image of the living body in the face of decay, entropy and the transformative powers of time.