Clare Curtis grew up in Felixstowe in Suffolk but left to study Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee from where she graduated in 1988.
She moved to London and spent the next nine years working as a successful freelance illustrator, establishing a style based around cut paper collage and working extensively with publishers and graphic designers across the industry.
However, opportunities for real creativity in London became fewer and fewer and in 1997 she decided to move back to Suffolk and start printmaking again. She spent time acquiring equipment and relearning lost skills. Today she lives in the house that originally belonged to her grandfather and that's where she works and prints.
"I use traditional printing methods. Plates and blocks are drawn or cut by hand and each colour is printed separately to create a distinctive, original artwork. My chief method of working is relief printmaking in Lino but recently I have begun to work at The Curwen Studio. There I produce Lithographs. This printing process is very versatile and great subtlety can be achieved. For me the real treat is being able to recreate drawn marks made with pencil and crayon. The Curwen Litho presses are roughly four times larger than my own press so much larger prints are possible.
I exhibit my prints all around the UK but also have the pleasure of working with and for individuals who share my enthusiasm for printing. My prints are reproduced on Art Angel Cards and I have produced work for publishers Faber & Faber, Random House and Blood-axe books and in 2007 I illustrated the Mersey Minis series. My linocuts have been used on packaging for Mornflake Cereal, the National Trust and Adnams Brewery. Gigantic versions of my linocuts decorate two large road bridges that span the River Gipping in Suffolk.
Influenced by 20th century British Art and Design, my work often depicts botanical subjects and the East Anglian coast with its jumble of flotsam and jetsam, shacks and boats."