Claire Brewster

 
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Claire Brewster is a multi media internationally renowned artist. She works in paint, paper and metal. Her work is in collections all over the world.


What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

A book I discovered by accident - Agnes Martin by Henry Martin. I left a book on the plane on the way to Miami last year and after a couple of days of having nothing to read I couldn't take it any more I had to get another book. The joy of going into an independent book shop is the staff and Books & Books in South Beach has amazing staff, they recommended the Agnes Martin book. It's amazing book, so fascinating.
I've recently finished The Confessions of Frannie Langton - again recommend by someone in a book shop and again I left it on a plane, it's so good I had to buy a new copy as I had to finish it.
My favourite book of all time - The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - a classic personal development book, being in the now is always a goal.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

The Guardian - for news and culture
Jealous Curator - for art and inspiration
That's Not My Age - fashion
British Beauty Blogger - beauty stuff

What apps do you use the most and why?

Spotify / Sonos - for music and podcasts
Instagram - for images and inspiration
Whatsapp - for keeping in touch

Whats currently on your playlist?

What records would you recommend to hear?

I listen to audio books more than music but I would recommend Lizzo and her latest album is great. I'd also recommend getting into UK Jazz - the scene is pretty cool right now, lots of amazing music. The Ezra Collective and Blue Lab Beats to name a couple.

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Anything by Pedro Almodovar - intense films, with strong female characters. Legally Blonde - I've seen this so many times, I love everything about it. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn is a dream and this whole film is a classic (apart from the dodgy characterisation of a Japanese person which is just wrong). An American in Paris - I love musicals from the 1950's with crazy dance routines and this is one of the best and it's set in Paris and what's not to love about that. Another great musical is Funny Face again with Audrey Hepburn and also set in Paris. I love Paris so these films make me happy.

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Which artists working today do you admire most?

Hayv Kahraman - beautiful eloquent paintings
Deborah Roberts - amazing collages
Maria Berrio - another amazing collage/paper artist

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

I love Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj - it's my favourite type of comedy - political and personal, I've learned so much watching him; Queer Eye is another favourite - feel good TV at it's best, tissues a necessity; Lip Sync Battle is great, the one with Snoop Dog on is the best.

Who are you following?

I mostly hang out on instagram my favourite accounts are
@ashleylongshoreart
@elizabeth_gilbert
@ohjoy
@heatherday

What tools do you use in your work?

I use my iMac for all computer stuff. My favourite paints are Daler Rowney acrylic inks and Winsor & Newton or Cass Art Canvases. I also use Golden and Liquitex paints.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I read Frieze for art stuff, Vogue for fashion, the FT weekend for culture and news.

What are your favorite gadgets?

I couldn't live without my iPhone or iMac - I've been an apple fan since the 1990's, I've never owned another brand of computer. I couldn't live with out Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream - my skin loves me for using this. I love my brogues and usually have several pairs on the go at one time, Clarks are my favourite brand.

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