b. 1963, Devon, UK
Andrew creates paintings with an appealing immediacy – they are full
of charm, yet all have an underlying subversive element, creating a
slight sense of unease in the viewer. They are painted from memory and
function as individual mnemonic devices recollecting very specific
experiences and events.
His paintings contain traces of a past event remain, inviting the viewer into a world that is cloaked in melodrama. Something is happening, has happened or is about to happen. The artist wants to promote the memory and imagination of the viewer. He invites us to create our own narrative and participate in the work in our own subjective way.
My work to date has primarily consisted of making small paintings and photographing them onto 35mm slide and arranging them in a sequence to create a narrative. The slides are then back-projected into model theatre stages and accompanied by a musical soundtrack. My paintings are also exhibited in galleries and shows independently of the theatre pieces.
The paintings are painted from memory and function as individual mnemonic devices recollecting very specific experiences and events. Although giving the appearance of assumed naïveté and detachment, they attempt to represent very particular moments of engagement with the emphasis on the feeling of the experience. They are often both oblique and yet explicit. Recurrent themes are nature, culture, sex and travelling.
The paintings contain no dramatis personae as they are intended to function as theatre scenes – something is happening, has happened or is about to happen, in, or in front of, the painted image. When presented as a slide projection their collectivity becomes the focus and the viewer is invited to participate in creating a narrative from the sequence of images. I am interested in promoting the memory and imagination of the viewer. Although very specific to me, I would like the viewer to feel that they are somehow in the image and to become the protagonist necessary to complete the narratives. I would like the feeling of the work to emphasize the sense of engagement and make it real for the viewer. The individual paintings highlight theatricality and the theatre structures function as a threshold to another reality; a world of enchantment, romance, sex and escape. The use of very basic and almost antiquated technology (i.e. basic 35mm carousel slide projector) for the theatre pieces is a deliberate attempt to create a timeless world of experience and perception.
My work contains numerous paradoxes but my intention is always to blur firm distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, between memory and imagination and between what is true and what is false.