Claire Zinn is a full-time artist based in Johannesburg. She has a Fine Art Honours Degree, majoring in Art History and Printmaking from Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Her art practice consists mainly of oil painting often combined with printmaking techniques such as drypoint, linocut and monotype. These are layered in order to create depth and set up an interaction between the mediums. She views this as an entanglement of images, ideas and events, as well as feeding her obsession with achieving photorealistic perfection.
Claire’s main focus is the natural world, one that excludes humans. Apart from vast landscapes, many of her works also feature the small but essential creatures and plants that allow life to flourish. This fascination and admiration stems from a lifetime spent camping in reserves around South Africa, as well as afternoons gardening with her father.