After leaving her studies in 1970 Clarissa has travelled in Italy, France and Budapest and made drawings and gathered material to create new works. Her experience in the print medium gave her the experience to produce several book sleeve designs for various publishers’.
Currently working as part-time teacher and practising Artist, recent exhibitions include The International Print Fair in New York, RIAS Gallery, First prize for Drawing for All, Gainsborough’s House, High Windows: Buildings as Vision, Good Drawing, Taylor’s Gallery and a One-woman show at Shelton Festival,
Literature includes City Lights: The Art of Clarissa Upchurch, MozgÛ Vil·g (Hungary), British Contemporary Art 1993 (Galliardi) and City Visions: The Lost Movies of Clarissa Upchurch, Modern Painters
“My art focuses on cities, particularly Budapest and London. I am less concerned with topographical detail than with the way the city functions in terms of drama and film noir, with shadow and movement the fore grounded elements. There are car chases, accidents and conspiracies among tall haunting buildings, in broad squares and down narrow side streets. The surface splinters and breaks up. The work consists of drawings in conte, charcoal and pastel, paintings in oils, and monotypes”