Building upon the tradition of the old masters, Claire Naylor is arguably one of the finest portraiture artists in the world today. Like the great nature painters whose lineage of inspiration dates to the golden age of the renaissance, her ability to combine accuracy with sublime, delicate brushwork has earned her praise from museums and collectors throughout the world. Naylor paints in oils. Because she is not prolific in her annual production of new works, the rareness of her pieces command ever greater demand.
As a painter of wildlife, Naylor boasts international experience that spans three continents. Born and raised in London, England, she discovered a talent for painting at a very early age. Both her Swedish mother and British army colonel father were artists. They exposed their perceptive daughter to ageless masterworks in Europe’s finest museums.
Naylor herself was identified as possessing a special gift with composition and color. On the strength of her ability, she was invited to exhibit her work at the children’s royal academy at the tender age of 8 where she received high praise. In 1975, Claire’s worthiness as a serious artist for her generation was confirmed when she won the top prize in the “Concurso Nacional de Pintura” (the Spanish national art competition) and has been painting professionally ever since. In addition to several successful one-woman shows in Alicante, Spain, Claire has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and her works were twice solicited for inclusion in the royal academy’s summer exhibition. Moreover, her classical scenes also have hung in the national portrait gallery in London as part of an exhibition that showcased the works of rising young stars. In recent years, she has developed an avid following in America.
Here in the U.S. in 2005, Claire was invited to participate in “Africa to the Everglades”, an exhibition hosted by famed scientist and humanitarian, Dr. Jane Goodall, and featuring several of the world’s leading wildlife painters. Most recently her painting “7 Flamingos” was chosen for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum “Birds In Art” exhibition.
Naylor’s portfolio reflects a breadth of field painting adventures that are not limited to Europe and the western hemisphere. After marrying a Zimbabwean cattle rancher, She moved to Africa where she lived for 10 years, making regular pilgrimages into the bush, and at this time she became more involved with painting wildlife portraiture. Naylor distinguished herself by bringing a fresh interpretation to native flora and fauna with subjects that found strong resonance among both pure nature lovers and travelers arriving in Africa on safari. But with the recent Zimbabwean land invasions commencing, she later fled to France as a refugee where she currently resides.
Today, art critics say that Naylor is at the height of her intuitive power as a painter. Native Visions’ Call of Africa is the exclusive representative of her work in North America.
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