at the Art Gallery’s Square Room
Chloë Furze studied dress design at Carlisle Art College where she won a gold medal for dress design and a commission to design vestments for Carlisle Cathedral. Subsequently she fashion sketched in a London fashion house, designing their brochures for Harrods and Fortnum and Mason and, amongst other things, designed the logo for Juliana’s Discotheques still in use 45 years later!
During the early 1970’s, Rupert and Chloë lived in the West Indies where she painted her first illustrated map of Montserrat. Returning to the UK they came to live in Nairnshire where Chloe joined the Inverness and Nairn Art Societies. She worked in Inverness for architects Moira & Moira where she made, amongst other things, a scale model of Helmsdale and looked after the office hamster. She also illustrated publicity material for Speyroc Homes, Bingham Hughes and MacPherson and others. During this period she painted the watercolour map of Nairnshire, illustrated a history of whisky for Glenlivet and designed whisky labels for Knockando.
In 1983 she and her family had to return to England for a period, where she had a business designing and painting firescreens and wooden cutouts for ten years, with many interesting commissions, including work at Woburn Abbey, Tissington Hall and Cawdor Castle.
In 2003 she and her husband finally returned to their home in Nairn where she has been busy painting local houses and portraits to commission, as well as her popular illustrated maps of Nairn, of Iona and of Moray and Speyside.
Chloë now really loves painting landscapes in oil and hopes that she may perfect her style by the time she is 95!
Exhibition runs 5th -29th October