Claire van der Plas
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Auckland-born, US-based artist Claire van der Plas graduatedwith a Masters in Fine Arts from Auckland University's Elam Schoolof Fine Arts in 2004. A committed educator in arts, van der Plasreturned to Elam to teach oil painting before taking up a positionat LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore.
Van der Plas' work takes a sardonic and quizzical look at ourinteraction with our environment. Her recent works haveconcentrated on the denizen s - both human and animal - of ruralA& P shows. In this way, van der Plas' work constitutes an updated reference to early British Pop Art a vocabulary ofsubjects and themes spoken in a distinctly and kitsch-y New Zealandvernacular.
Van der Plas has participated in group shows through New Zealandand in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as holding solo exhibitionsat Auckland's Oedipus Rex Gallery. A recent finalist of the Wallace Trust Art Awards, van der Plas was also selected as a finalist inthe 2006 Trust Waikato Art Awards