Claire Lew Art


Claire in front of painting

My name is Claire Lew. I'm a Korean American artist, entrepreneur, and CEO. Through my art, I attempt to explore questions as felt experiences. I live in Mill Valley and paint in my studio in Point Reyes Station, California.

Art has always been a meaningful part of my life. My mom is an artist. I grew up making 'n messing with anything I could get my hands on.

In the Korean tradition, when a newborn turns 1 year old, several objects are laid in front of them (e.g., a ball, a dollar bill, an apple...), and whichever the baby chooses marks their "destiny." I chose a pencil – and ever since then, I've been passionate about creating, dreaming on, and expressing visually what sometimes doesn't always feel visible.

I'm perpetually curious about the duality of life and the experience of consciousness and identity – especially as an Asian American woman.

I use painting as a conduit for exploring those spaces: The seemingly opposite that create coherence, the process of remember and forgetting and remembering again, the widening and contracting of life, the feeling of agency amidst the absolute randomness of it all, and the simultaneously isolation and connectedness of identity. As a good friend of mine once told me: "Contrast creates meaning."

You can view a selection of my work here. I am available for commissioned pieces. If you'd like to work together, I'd love to talk. Write me a note at [email protected].

Claire painting