Claire B Cotts: The Floating World

2 - 18 October 2020

Nüart Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by Claire B Cotts. The exhibition will run October 2nd through October 18th, 2020.


Follow this link to join the Zoom Artist Talk with Claire B Cotts Friday, October 2nd at 4pm:

If Zoom requests a passcode, use:  191277


Claire B Cotts  is known for her richly layered abstractions that visually blend the forces of disorder and entropy with balance and structure to create pieces of arresting beauty. Using a colorful, yet muted palette, her paintings inhabit a space between texture and rhythm, between form and motion.  She uses a process of accretion to slowly build up her surfaces so that the elements are integrated, almost imperceptibly, into complex compositions that resonate with organic shapes and fragmentary bits of memory. 

Cotts has been exhibiting her distinctive, richly layered figurative and abstract canvases for over twenty-five years. Her work has exhibited nationally, and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. cotts has had solo exhibitions at the SFMOMA artists gallery  in san francisco, CA, and has participated in exhibitions at: Marin MOCA (Marin Museum of Contemporary Art) in Novato, CA; MOCHA (Museum of Children's Art) in Oakland, CA; The California Museum of Art in Santa Rosa, CA; the San Francisco Jewish Museum, in San Francsico, CA; as well as the University Art Museum at the University of California in Berkeley, CA. Originally from Atlanta, Claire B Cotts lives and works in Berkeley, California. She studied art at Oberlin College, and received her MFA from University of California at Berkeley. She also studied at SACI, the Studio Art Center International, in Florence, Italy; received a Fulbright Fellowship for painting in Turkey; received a printmaking fellowship at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, and a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. She is recently back from an artist residency at Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Ireland, and is one of the artists chosen for The de Young Open, an upcoming exhibition in San Francisco celebrating the 125th anniversary of the de Young museum.