About the Artist
Andrew has painted and drawn for as long as he can remember. As a child he was also a prolific model kit builder – predominantly aircraft and ships – as well as being fascinated by wildlife and fishing. All of these, coupled with a love of coastal landscapes, the English countryside and historic architecture, have profoundly influenced the subject matter of his paintings and drawings.
He studied art at Canterbury developing a portfolio and social skills that enabled him to land his first job in a major London advertising agency. This was the tail end of the 'Mad Men' era, so there were no computers and plenty of thinking and drinking on your feet. Andrew learned a whole range of traditional skills from typography to quality control of the production process working across press, print and television. His favourite medium was the poster.
As his career built through various big name agencies, he won many creative awards for his work on accounts such as British Airways, Tesco and Motorola. But he always kept his hand in, occasionally creating original artwork for campaigns, as well as a set of illustrations for a children's book. In 2003 the corporate world lost its appeal and Andrew decided to return full time to his love of painting and drawing.
Initially he specialised in wildlife, working in pencil, oils and acrylics. He also produced book illustrations for Christopher Helm and a number of commissions for naval and air force organisations. He exhibited at Hampton Court and Tatton Park and held a number of successful one-man shows.
In recent years, other influences have affected his work, particularly a growing love for pre-war design and technology and the bold, evocative images of the railway posters of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Andrew exhibits at a few select galleries on the south coast and Cornwall, but by the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of his work is to be found at the Rare Skills Gallery.