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Claudia Hollister

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, its your world for a moment.” —Georgia O’Keeffe

Creating Cyanotypes with the subject of flowers plucked from her summer garden, Hollister's stunning yet simple works speak of urban gardens, summer, and the timeless pleasures of a fresh picked flower. The beauty of Claudia's prints are enhanced by being printed on Japanese Sekishu paper. One of the oldest handmade papers in the world, known for its silky lustrous finish.

Being an avid gardener for the last 30 years of my life, the cycle of the plants and seasons live in my soul.

Where do you dream of going? 

Italy and Spain.

What artists influenced your work? 

I have been influenced many artists over the past years, here are two. Painter Franz Marc for his portal of animals, influenced a series of sculpted animal porcelain tiles. Timothy McDowell for teaching me the process of creating cyanotypes from negative film. He is also a great artist. 

I could give a long list of artists I admire but here are a few names: Rene Lalique, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ruth Bernhard, Anna Atkins, Hilma af Klint, Imogen Cunningham, Uzo Hiramatsu, and Marilyn Joyce.

Name three things on your bucket list.

To have a solo show.
Live and work at the beach for a year.
A residency at Playa.

What was one of the best experiences of your life?

Working and collaborating with Erica James in my studio for weeks, while preparing for our show at Vashon Center for the Arts. It was challenging, invigorating, we stretched our creative imagination and had fun! I would do it again, and made a friend for life.

Biography

Claudia is known for her encaustic still life paintings focusing on the vessel, as a voluptuous sculptural form. A professional painter, sculptor, porcelain artist and designer, she previously designed for Reed & Barton Silversmiths, Orrefors Crystal and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her earlier work has been shown at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum and Cartier Jewelers. After starting her porcelain studio, she was commissioned to create large-scale site-specific installations for Children’s Hospitals, Corporations and Hotels.

Hollister began teaching encaustic painting at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2012. Here she developed signature techniques of painting. Intrigued with a process for printing in the sun without dangerous chemicals, she started making Cyanotype prints in 2014 as back grounds for the Encaustic Paintings.

Claudia’s current Cyanotype prints, 2021, continue to expand her interest in creating still life compositions with flowers from her garden. This series documents the cycle of seasonal blooms in a stunningly unique and captivating, format. The beauty of these prints is enhanced by being printed on Japanese Sekishu paper. One of the oldest handmade papers in the world, known for its silky lustrous finish.

Hollister is continuing to receive recognition across the US from curators, jurors and galleries for her Cyanotype prints and encaustic work.

Claudia Hollister lives and works in Portland, Oregon.