b. 1992, Brisbane, Australia
Lives and works in Naarm, Victoria
Claudia Greathead is a Brisbane born painter who uses the medium of painting to grapple with various emotional states and memories. Through her art, Greathead conjures up an uncanny ghostliness out of the mundane. She resurrects narratives and considers the way they linger; the strangeness that pervades after the moment is imagined, distorted or lost over time. Her paintings are shrouded in a persistent elusiveness. They show how the pursuit of truth through a revisitation of the past can sometimes lead to an even greater incomprehensibility. This only makes her work more enduring and though these images are born out of personal experience, they are autonomous in their ambiguity and take on a life of their own.
After graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 2014, she has exhibited nationally and has been a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2014,2015), a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2017) and a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2019). She makes work to resolve thought and feeling and is now undergoing a Masters of Art Therapy at La Trobe University.