“The paintings challenge traditional notions of what landscapes can be, by utilizing a diverse range of mark-making techniques. I hope the subject matter and various elements used create work which is original and exciting to look at.”
Through photography and painting Andrew’s work explores various themes including, the sublime, contemporary landscape painting, photography and the creative process. Landscape has always been a focus within his work; he is interested by its enduring nature and naturally ever present stature within history and culture. Andrews work looks into how we experience and view modern landscape today. Working with acrylics he uses paint skins, gel glazes, Perspex and image transfers. The work is built up over time as he responds and edits previous layers of paint. The final work is highly textured with a shifting surface finish, leaving the visuals dependant on where and when the viewer sees it. Throughout their making the paintings attempt to highlight the variable nature of experiencing and creating images.
Andrew completed a BA Honours in Fine Art gaining first class honours from the University of Ulster in 2013. He was awarded the Royal Ulster Academy Outstanding Student Award and a year’s residency at the University of Ulster. Since Graduating Andrew has exhibited regularly including Solo exhibitions at Armagh Arts Centre and Ards Arts Centre and Group shows at The MAC Belfast, The Waterfront Hall, Ulster Museum, Queen Street Studios and the Engine Room Gallery. As well as exhibiting he has curated shows at the Waterfront Hall and The Market Place Gallery, Armagh. Andrew has also appeared twice on BBC NI’S The Art Show where he discussed his artistic practice with Marie Louis Muir. Since joining project 24 in August 2014 Andrew has been working on an Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded series of paintings entitled “Plastic Landscapes”. Recently he was a prize winner at the Northern Ireland Young Artist of The Year. Andrews Pod is very much a working studio so feel free to pop in and see the artist in action.