Contemporary Portrait Artist



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Reclaiming Childhood

Death Row

About Claire




Shareef Cousin
Oil on Canvas
54" x 46"


"An amazing exhibition. Thank you so much for raising awareness and touching all that have seen your work, but most of all for putting humanity at the heart of everything. I will remember this exhibition for the rest of my life."

The Human Face of Death Row

Facilitated and promoted by the British human rights charity, Reprieve, Claire has completed a series of portraits of people who have faced the death penalty in the US. This includes current Death Row inmates, former inmates who have been exonerated and released, and people who have been executed. She has completed two research trips to the US to meet the people involved and the families of those who have been executed.

The paintings, which are now available for viewing on-line (click here), are accompanied by a sound track of interviews with some of the people Claire met and also a narration of an actual execution. To read the transcripts of the soundtrack, please click here.

A series of exhibitions took place in 2009. These included a major London exhibition from at the Oxo Gallery on Londonís South Bank.

This project was kindly supported by the Arts Council England, Peter Bottomley MP, Clive Stafford Smith OBE and London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

To see feedback and media comment on these exhibitions, please click here.