Claire Pestaille's work explores historical and contemporary iconography, examining the construction of femininity through the disruption of photographic imagery. Uncannily bewitching and intricately delicate, her artwork exudes dualities of beauty and horror, glamour and subversion.  The source material for her work includes portraiture from the Golden Age of Hollywood incorporating film stills along with contemporary and vintage photography. These snapshot images containing memories of a past age fulfill a sense of nostalgia, identity and authorship which are transformed and re-imagined through the act of collage and painting.  A new conversation or connection becomes established through the deconstruction of one image and its marriage with another.  Pestaille adopts a variety of methods  in order to produce these often,  psychologically charged works. The final result questions the conceptual nature of the image and our relationship to it, offering an alternative way of seeing and understanding the collective memory of images pervasively part our cultural landscape.

Claire Pestaille lives and works in London, UK. 

She graduated fron the Royal College of Art in 2000 and has since exhibited internationally, including France, Vienna, Switzerland, USA and Hong Kong. Her work is in private collections including The Saatchi Collection, The Zabludowicz Collection, Project New Art Netherlands, TI Group Art Collection, Kate Moss, Soho House, The Ned and Cafe Royal.

Claire Pestaille lives and works in London, UK. 
She graduated fron the Royal College of Art in 2000 and has since exhibited internationally, including France, Vienna, Switzerland, USA and Hong Kong. Her work is in private collections including The Saatchi Collection, The Zabludowicz Collection, Project New Art Netherlands, TI Group Art Collection, Kate Moss, Soho House, The Ned and Cafe Royal.

Claire Pestaille

Born 1975, London, UK



1998 - 2000                                   

MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London

1994 - 1997                                   

BA(Hons)1st Chelsea College of Art, London


Art Foundation Camberwell Collage of Art and Design



The Zabludowicz Collection

The Saatchi Collection

Kate Moss

Project New Art, Netherlands

Kai van Hasselt

Gerrit Groen

Alex Kleinburger

Nick Crean

Royal College of Art                                                                              

Laura Ashley Foundation

TI Group Art Collection

Soho House

The Ned

Hotel Cafe Royal, London



-Hotel Cafe Royal. 

Photo collage, portrait/interior project for the corridors of Cafe Royal Hotel, inspired by my collection of work from the Femme Maison series.

-MoreYoga (Wembley Park)

Creating a hand painted wall mural for a new yoga studio. Inspired by the design of the mandala, hamsa and the colours of Mexico.



-Vault 100, The Ned, 27 Poultry, London


-Brooklyn vs London, 12th-27th June 

Carousel, 1st Floor, 71 Blandford Street W1u 8AB


- Red Vatican, Shorditch, London, UK

- Signal 8, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

- Miami Biennale, Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, USA

- Library, Private members club, Soho, London, UK

- Chinese Open, QPark, Chinatown Soho, London, UK


- Wonderworks, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

- Lovin' it: Symbol and Contradiction, Bromer Art Collection, Switzerland

- The Looking Glass: Refraction Through The Female Gaze, Mirus Gallery,

  San Fransisco, USA


- Saatchi Gallery At The Hyatt: One Giant Leap,

  Hyatt Regency Hotel London

- The Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece,


- Saatchi Gallery, The Future Can Wait, Channel 4’s New Sensations,

  Victoria House, London

- Charlie Sierra Lima, Charlie Smith Gallery

- Polemically Small, Klaipedia Center, Lithunaia

- Polemically Small, Torrance Museum, Los Angeles

- Polemically Small, Charlie Smith Gallery, London


- La Belle Dans Sans Merci, Vegas Gallery, London

- The Term Reality, Paul Stolper Gallery, London

- Paprophillia, Charlie Smith Gallery, London

- Art Blitz, Transition Gallery, London

- Demonology, Charlie Smith Gallery, London

- The Future Can Wait, Shorditch Town Hall, London


- Promenades Insomniaques, Sleeping/dreaming in contemporary art,

  curated by Marie Shek, Passage de Retx, Paris.

- Same as it Ever Was, Painting at Chelsea 1990-2006, curated by Clyde Hopkins, Chelsea Future space, London

- Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London

- My Art, Collectors share their passion, Zuiderzeemuseum,  Netherlands


- Jerwood Contemporary Painters, touring exhibition

- Salon Nouveau, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna

- Claire Pestaille, solo exhibition, Rokeby, London


- The Portrait, Ashwin Street, London


- Necromancy, Rokeby, solo exhibition London

- Young Masters, St John Street, London, curated by Flora Fairbarn and  Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton

- Acid Drops and Sugar Candy, Transition Gallery and FosterArt, London

- Hand in hand we walk alone, Clapham art gallery, London.

- Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London

- Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, curated by David Thorp, Sheffield, UK


- Forever Beautiful, Clapham Gallery, London

- Short Stories About Glamour, Hiscox projects, London

- Gothmoth, Transition Gallery, London

- The Great Unsigned at Izo Gallery, curated by Soraya Roderiguez and  David Thorp, London

- The Great Unsigned, The Zoo Art Fair, London

- Aftershock, A1 Gallery, Hong Kong,

- Faith, Transition Gallery, London

- Faith, C.A.S Gallery, Osaka, Japan


- A Portrait of Francis Bacon as a Corpse Exquisite, Mitchell st, London

- Bad Touch, International drawing show, Keith Talent Gallery, London


- State of the House, curated by Sadie Murdoch,  Korean Ambassadorial  Residence, London

- The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London


- Assembly, Stepney City, Jubilee Street, London


- Be Faithful to your dreams, TI Group, London

- Ante chamber, Cite Internationale des Artes studio, Paris


Solo Exhibitions


- Claire Pestaille, Rokeby


- Necromancy, Rokeby, London


- Borderline, Duncan Cargil Gallery, London


Reviews / Publications


-Imago Mundi project with Francesca Gavin and  Pernilla Holmes.


-Moon Man Magazine, London


-Pine Magazine, New York


- Eyemazing Susan, Annual Pictorial.



- The Future Can Wait and Charles Saatchi Gallery 2011 Catalogue

- Glam Cult Magazine, issue 4, Netherlands

- Marie Antionette, Italy

- LeCool, www.lecool.com, Spain


- The Term Reality at Paul Stolper by Lauren romano




- Promenades Insomniaque, Sleeping/dreaming in contemporary Art with  writing by Julia Kristeva, Peretz Levine, Marie Shek, (exhibition  catalogue)


- Jerwood Contemporary Painters, (exhibition catalogue)


- Project 17, Dream-Screen, Talith Mariposa's Journal, Kilimanjaro  Magazine


- Faltering Flame (catalogue), Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, David Thorp

artists included the Chapman Brothers, Tracy Emin, Christian Ward, Stuart Brisley, Jeremy Deller and Gilbert and George

- Necromancy, A book of short stories,written by Claire Pestaille with essay by David Thorp and forward by Beth Greenacre

- The Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Prince, Miser & Now, Edition 7

- Claire Pestaille, Martin Herbert, Time Out, 7-12 September

- Ghostly Gallery, Helen Sumpter, The Big Issue, 5-11 September

- Raising The Dead, Rowan Kerek, BBC Collective, 1 September

- Claire Pestaille: Necromancy, Fisun Güner, Metro Life, 31 August

- Claire Pestaille, Jessica Lack, The Guardian Guide, 20 August

- Necromancy, Hephzibar Anderson, The Evening Standard, 15 August

- The Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Prince, Miser & Now, Edition 7,  2005


- The Artists Studio, Garageland Magazine edition 4


- Be Faithful to your dreams, TI Group Art Collection


Scholarships \ Grants


- Cite Des Arts International, Paris


- RCA Study Scholarship

 Hoschule de kust, Berlin


- Laura Ashley Foundation

- Julia Gompert Memorial Scholarship, Italy


Teaching/ Experience

Acland Burghley secondary school, PGCE A-level and GCSE student teaching assistant

Sunderland University Arts Faculty, visiting lecturer

Chelsea College of Art and Design, visiting student lecturer 

1997 Studio assistant, Chris Ofili



The Age of Collage vol. 3, with a text by Francesca Gavin, Published by Gestalten, October 2020, 24 x 30 cm. hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages, ISBN: 978-3-89955-110-5


England: Talking of Art, Imago Mundi, Contemporary Artists from England. Francesca Gavin and Pernilla Holmes 2018 Published 2020-11-09 978-88-8435105-0


Promenades Insomniaques. Sleeping and dreaming in contemporary art , curator Marie Shek.  Exhibition July 11- September 11, 2008. Catalogue produced by Michael Gordon, text by Julia Kristeva, Peretz Lavie and Marie Shek.


Eyemazing Susan, Annual Pictorial 2014. Published 2018 by Eyemazing Edtions. ISBN 978-90-822754-0-7


Necromancy by Claire Pestaille. Short stories by Claire Pestaille to accompany her solo exhibition, Necromancy at Rokeby Gallery. Essay by David Thorp. Cover Image, The Swallow Song, from the Saatchi Collection, London, Published by Rokeby. ISBN 0-9550501-2-x.


Kilimanjaro Magazine, edition 'When I was 17' (2005). Short story by Claire Pestaille titled 'Dreamscreen (Talisha Mariposa's Journal, August 5, 1864)' editor Olu Michael Odukoya.


Moon Man 'Edition E' (2017). Published by Moon Man studios ltd, editor Anna Peftieva. ISSN 2515-7019


Tallulah Magazine, Published by Gold Key Media.


Same as it ever was, painting at Chelsea, 1990-2007. Edited by Clyde Hopkins and Chris Wainwright. ISBN 978-1-906203-15-3.


Miser&Now Magazine. Edited by Andrew Clarkin and Simon Pittuck.  Including a short story  and art work by Claire Pestaille entitled 'The Prince, Chaper IV". ISBN 1742-5166.


Faltering Flame. Aspects of the human condition in contemporary art., curated by David Thorp. Catalogue to accompany the exhibition at Graves Art Gallery and museums trust, Sheffield February 9- May 7 2005. ISBM 0-9546913-2-6

Pine Magazine 'Brazen' (2016) essay by Sarah Sharp ISBN74470-29704