Claire Tozer

My parents were both interested in the arts, particularly my mother who was a printmaker. In 1968 we travelled through Britain, Europe, Canada, and America, visiting art galleries. I was 8 years old then, and that experience was the foundation for my life in art.

My last two years at high school I studied weaving, ceramics, screen printing, jewellery making, and I majored in Graphic Design.  After completing a Diploma in Graphic Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, I moved back to Sydney where I worked as a Graphic Artist in advertising (all before computers)

One project I was given when I was working Freelance, was to design the Australian 1988 Bicentenary Card for UNICEF.

However, I wasn’t satisfied in advertising, so I pursued evening contemporary Life Drawing and Still Life classes at the Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre where I met my husband (who was my art teacher) My drawings became predominantly pastel drawings and I started to enter competitions and participate in group exhibitions.

After moving to the Central Coast in 2001 and eventually travelling through the outback of Australia, my artwork changed direction. My love of the dry outback plains and the coastal grasses and shrubs have influenced my style. My focus is on a build-up of lines to create an atmosphere of the environment.

Drawing for me is vital, it is expression, observation, understanding, thinking, creativity. It is an instinct.

Education:            1978 – 1981 – Diploma in Graphic Design – Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Victoria

Further Ed:           1984 – 1997 – Contemporary Art – Willoughby Arts Centre, Sydney NSW

 Prizes:

2023 – Commended – Painting – Ewart Art Prize, Sydney
2022 – First Prize – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford NSW
2022 – First Prize – The 5 Lands, Art in the Open Art Prize, Central Coast – Darkinjung Country
2020 – Highly Commended – Drawing Category – Ewart Art Prize, Sydney
2019 – Art Purchase by the Trustees from the Kedumba Drawing Awards, Katoomba
2019 – First Prize – Drawing Category – Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney
2019 – Highly Commended – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2018 – First Prize – KAAF Art Prize (Korean Australian Arts Foundation) Sydney
2018 – First Prize – Category 2 Works on Paper – Northbridge Art Prize, Sydney
2005 – Highly Commended – Ewart Art Prize, Sydney

Finalist:

2024 – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney
2023 – KAAF Art Prize (Korean Australian Arts Foundation) Sydney
2023 – Ewart Art Prize, Willoughby Arts Centre, Sydney
2023 – Dobell Drawing Prize #23, National Art School, Sydney
2022 – Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill
2022 – The 5 Lands, Art in the Open Art Prize, Central Coast NSW
2022 – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2021 – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2021 – Dobell Drawing Prize #22, Regional Travelling Exhibition 2021 – 2023
2021 – Dobell Drawing Prize #22, National Art School, Sydney
2020 – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney
2020 – Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Sydney
2020 – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2020 – Ewart Art Prize, Sydney
2019 – KAAF Art Prize (Korean Australian Arts foundation) Sydney
2019 – Kedumba Drawing Awards, Katoomba
2019 – Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney
2019 – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2018 – KAAF Art Prize (Korean Australian Arts Foundation) Sydney
2018 – Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Sydney
2018 – Northbridge Art Prize, Sydney
2017 – KAAF Art Prize (Korean Australian Arts Foundation) Sydney
2017 – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney
2017 – Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill
2017 – Gosford Regional Art Prize, Gosford
2017 – Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2017 – Ewart Art Prize, Sydney

Collections:         

2022 – Central Coast Council Art Collection
2019 – Kedumba Drawing Collection, Blue Mountains
2018 – Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney

Selected:

2006 – Salon Des Refusés – Wynne Section, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney – Painting

Exhibitions:

2023 – Group Exhibition – ‘Entwined’ The Shop Gallery, Glebe
2022 – Solo Exhibition – ‘Interlace’ Rochort Gallery, North Sydney
2021 – Group exhibition – past winners, selected finalists from the KAAF Art Prize – Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney.
2020 – Group Exhibition – ‘Twelve Artists’ The Creative Space, Nth Curl Curl
2020 – Group Exhibition – ‘Isolation’ Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2019 – Group Exhibition – ‘Landscape’ Rochfort Galleries, North Sydney
2019 – Group Exhibition – ‘Landscape’ The Stables Gallery, Oxford Falls
2019 – Group Exhibition – ‘Girt by Sea’ Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney
2018 – Solo Exhibition – ‘Drawings’ Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney
2018 – Group Christmas Exhibition – ‘Australian Landscape’ Rochfort Art Gallery, North Sydney

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