Creating large-scale paintings, primarily in acrylic, Claus explores a range of subjects inspired by science, humanity and photography. Based in Redfern, he’s one of the longest residing artists at the Nest, making it his creative home in 2015.
As a global Creative Strategist for Facebook, Claus spends his working days in the capacity of a consultant and collaborator – bolstering brands and agencies across Asia-Pacific. The fusion of art and science has been a key feature across his working career; now also a theme that’s evident and evolving with his more conceptual pieces of art.
The process begins with clean, minimal photography to frame and art direct each scene. This imagery is then scaled-up by hand onto a canvas using the grid method. Diluted acrylic is then applied – as hundreds of sheer layers of free-falling drips that build depth and texture, each layer breathing a weight of life and soul into the subject.
With little time to spare, you’re likely to find him at the Nest from around 6am and late into the evening.