Claudia Jowitt
Claudia's richly textured and layered paintings in pearlescent pastels seem to test the limits of what paint can do. Here all sorts of tools and kitchen implements - from icing bags and decorator tips to tile grouting combs - are employed to squeeze, mould and push oil and acrylic paint into distinctive surfaces that are almost sculptural reliefs.

Challenging mid-century, modern, masculine notions of pure painting with all its disdain for the decorative, Claudia's paintings are a feminine and feminist reclaiming of luscious surface. Notions of purity are also subverted with the inclusion of found elements, which speak to location and identity. Reflecting her partial Fijian heritage, several of the works incorporate masi (Fijian tapa cloth), magimagi (coconut husk cord) and shell as well as plant, stone and leather.

Claudia completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2015. In 2016, she was the inaugural Tautai Pacific Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Dunedin School of Art. She has been exhibiting since completing her undergraduate degree at AUT in 2009 and has works in the University of Auckland and Wallace Collections as well as many private collections.

Delicate but demanding, cool but hot. Some of the best painting you are likely to see in 2016. - art writer Warwick Brown on Claudia Jowitt's work.
Na Ceva XI
2016
Claudia Jowitt
Magimagi, Masi, Leather offcuts, Linen, Acrylic and Oil on panel mounted masi, 200 x 250 mm
Na Ceva XI
2016
Claudia Jowitt
Magimagi, Masi, Leather offcuts, Linen, Acrylic and Oil on panel mounted masi, 200 x 250 mm
Na Ceva XII
2016
Claudia Jowitt
Magimagi, Masi, Leather offcuts, Linen, Acrylic and Oil on panel mounted masi , 200 x 200 mm
Na Ceva XII
2016
Claudia Jowitt
Magimagi, Masi, Leather offcuts, Linen, Acrylic and Oil on panel mounted masi , 200 x 200 mm
Viscera IV
2016
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic on paper , 530 x 410 mm framed
Viscera IV
2016
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic on paper , 530 x 410 mm framed
Vosa ni ua VI
2018
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with found objects from Savusavu on Fijian vau mounted on canvas, 224 x 170 mm framed
Vosa ni ua VI
2018
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with found objects from Savusavu on Fijian vau mounted on canvas, 224 x 170 mm framed
Vosa ni ua VII
2018
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with found lase kata (red coral), dried lumi (seaweed), qari (crab) and cawaki (sea urchin) shell from Savusavu on Fijian vau mounted on canvas panel, 248 x 195 mm framed
Vosa ni ua VII
2018
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with found lase kata (red coral), dried lumi (seaweed), qari (crab) and cawaki (sea urchin) shell from Savusavu on Fijian vau mounted on canvas panel, 248 x 195 mm framed
Civa XI
2019
Claudia Jowitt
Acrylic, coloured freshwater pearls and kanzawa coloured silver leaf on civa (mother of pearl) shell with custom hook and wall fitting
Civa XI
2019
Claudia Jowitt
Acrylic, coloured freshwater pearls and kanzawa coloured silver leaf on civa (mother of pearl) shell with custom hook and wall fitting
Lobaka I
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 22 x 56 x 16 mm
Lobaka I
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 22 x 56 x 16 mm
Lobaka X
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 15 x 65 x 14 mm
Lobaka X
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 15 x 65 x 14 mm
Lobaka II
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 26 diameter x 25 mm
Lobaka II
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 26 diameter x 25 mm
Lobaka III
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 28 diameter x 30 mm
Lobaka III
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 28 diameter x 30 mm
Lobaka IV
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 30 x 72 x 18 mm
Lobaka IV
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 30 x 72 x 18 mm
Lobaka V
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 47 diameter x 30 mm
Lobaka V
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 47 diameter x 30 mm
Lobaka VI
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 45 x 47 x 14 mm
Lobaka VI
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 45 x 47 x 14 mm
Lobaka VII
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 29 x 49 x 15 mm
Lobaka VII
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 29 x 49 x 15 mm
Lobaka VIII
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 30 x 69 x 12 mm
Lobaka VIII
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze , 30 x 69 x 12 mm
Lobaka IX
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze
, 39 diameter x 31 mm
Lobaka IX
2019
Claudia Jowitt
waxed bronze in bronze or white bronze in edition of 6 in each type of bronze
, 39 diameter x 31 mm
Lobaka Levu II
2020
Claudia Jowitt
painted fibreglass cast (Quinacridone Magenta) in edition of 6 & 2 APs, 210 diameter x 230 mm
Lobaka Levu II
2020
Claudia Jowitt
painted fibreglass cast (Quinacridone Magenta) in edition of 6 & 2 APs, 210 diameter x 230 mm
Lomaloma I
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with paua shell & Fijian vau on panel with painted clay frame, 225 x 225 x 45 mm
Lomaloma I
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with paua shell & Fijian vau on panel with painted clay frame, 225 x 225 x 45 mm
Lomaloma I (side view)
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with paua shell & Fijian vau on panel with painted clay frame, 225 x 225 mm
Lomaloma I (side view)
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic with paua shell & Fijian vau on panel with painted clay frame, 225 x 225 mm
Voka I
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic, bronze powder & resin on panel, 325 x 290 x 65 mm
Voka I
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic, bronze powder & resin on panel, 325 x 290 x 65 mm
Voka III
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic, cotton cord, leather offcuts, bronze powder, resin on panel, 325 x 275 x 55 mm
Voka III
2020
Claudia Jowitt
acrylic, cotton cord, leather offcuts, bronze powder, resin on panel, 325 x 275 x 55 mm
Sigalaka I
2021
Claudia Jowitt
bronze, 210 x 160 x 35mm
Sigalaka I
2021
Claudia Jowitt
bronze, 210 x 160 x 35mm