Nick Andrew

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Biography

I was born and brought up in rural Oxfordshire and studied art and graphic design in Oxford, London and Cheltenham. After graduating in 1979 I lived in London, Wiltshire and Dorset, always creatively inspired by my immediate surroundings: busy street markets, rolling landscapes or dramatic coastlines. Since the mid 1990s I have been living and working in part of an old watermill on the upper reaches of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire. I now share the studio with my partner Tanya, also an artist.

 

Here I'm drawn to the quiet, intimate, secluded places within walking distance of my studio. This includes a 3 mile stretch of the river, along with adjacent water meadows and nearby woodland. I walk there often, observing changes from day to day and season to season, painting, drawing, taking photos and making notes. I find it constantly compelling and am attracted in particular by the transitory aspects of light, colour and movement in the landscape: patterns in the river flow, multi- layering and reflectivity. Also the textures, contrasts and depths in the forest and the rhythms and colours of field grasses and plant life. I would like to think that I convey through my paintings the sense of quietness and 'solitary involvement' with this landscape. My joy is also in the physical nature of painting: the feel of making a brushmark, of manipulating paint, the unexpected and accidental and seeing how liquid colours interact.

 

Since the 1980s I have exhibited my work widely, throughout the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA, with work in many public and private collections.