Claudia Waters’ pool paintings of figures in water evoke moments of perceived inner consciousness to express psychological, spiritual, or other emotive states. The interplay between representation and abstraction is explored and a language of shapes that speaks visually through color and form is created.
A contemporary American figurative painter, Claudia Waters works in oil on fine linen. Her paintings have been shown extensively in national and regional exhibitions, including the Katonah Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Arnot Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Edward Williams Gallery, George Segal Gallery, Court Gallery, City Without Walls, Johnson & Johnson, The Monmouth Museum, and Arts Guild New Jersey.
She received the Allied Artists of America Award at the 71st Butler Midyear, Butler Institute of American Art, as well as the Hunterdon Art Museum Prize for her painting “Shoreward Gaze” in 2017. In 2013 Waters had a solo exhibition at Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood, LIU, Brookville, titled “Claudia Waters: The Figure in Motion”. Her work was included in the 2010 New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
Claudia Waters is a printmaker as well as a painter. Her beneficial insect pollinator series of original hand-pulled etching and aquatint prints have been exhibited in New York City, New Jersey, Montana, Wisconsin, and Canada.
She earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design and additionally has studied painting at the Yard School of Art and printmaking at the Art Students League. She lives and works in Montclair, N.J.
"Ms. Waters’ work is a fantastic combination of reality and abstraction. Her layered, and sometimes translucent, paintings investigate what we see and what we perceive. In each composition there is an intricate balance of color composition and a variety of form. We are fortunate to have this exhibition in its perfect season – summer.” – Barbara Applegate, director of the Steinberg Museum of Art on Waters' 2013 solo exhibition