The Poets

The Poets by Claire Eastgate © Claire R Eastgate

The Poets
by Claire Eastgate
© Claire Eastgate

Oil and mixed media on canvas

Claire Eastgate studied at Birmingham School of Art, and took further tuition in London, including a masterclass summer school at the Slade School of Art. Her work has been seen in group and solo exhibitions in the UK and the United States.

The portrait is of Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, and Carol Ann Duffy, the current Poet Laureate. Eastgate was introduced to Duffy through a mutual friend and during the course of arranging the sitting, Duffy suggested the double portrait. The work includes fragments of poems that have been overpainted and several can now only be seen by X-ray, an exception being the line from Duffy’s poem ‘Valentine’, seen lower right.

 

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