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Iain Andrews

Degree: MA Fine Art
University: University of Wales, School of Art
Graduation Year: 1998

New Blood Art Statement

Iain is blazing a trail in the art world, his work has increased at least 400% since he started showing with us, with large scale works now selling for five figures. 

In 2011 Andrews was winner of the biennial Marmite painting prize and on the judging panel for the same prize in 2012.

Steeped in art history, tradition and mythology Andrews' work is wildly original, joyously handling paint, his paintings make the world look as though it is made of wax and then the sun has come out. It's easy to see why Saatchi selected him as one of 12 emerging artists featured in BBC 2's 'School of Saatchi' series.

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Artist Statement

My paintings begin as a dialogue with an image from art history – a painting by an Old Master that may then be rearranged or used as a starting point from which to playfully but reverently deviate. My recent work is concerned with the struggle to capture the relationship between the spiritual and the sensual, apparent opposites that are expressed in my work through the conflict of high narrative themes and sensuous painterly marks. 

The sheer enjoyment of making these marks is not intended to be a Dionysian pursuit that drowns out the appearance of the real through a curtain of subjective, expressionistic gestures, but rather an attempt to transform and redeem the form through the act of making. The act of making becomes inseparable from the message that is being conveyed through the marks - one of the importance of transformation and redemption. 

It is vital that pictures are not sedatives, but are capable of evoking sensation and awakening feelings. I hope to frustrate the process of recognition through treading a path that plays between the borders of figuration and abstraction, and thus slow down the viewer by creating a space for sensation to emerge. I want my works to be sensuously addictive, worldly and material, yet also to have a sense of contemplative silence akin to a religious icon.

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Exhibitions:

2012, Pulse Art Fair, New York (with Man and Eve)  

2012, Collectible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London

2012, A Private Affair, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston,

2012, Digital Romantics, Dean Clough, Halifax

2011, National Open Art Competition Prizewinners Exhibition, Pallant House, Chichester

2011, Something Borrowed, Cultivate, London,

2011, The Manchester Contemporary, with Man and Eve Gallery, Manchester,

2011, The Return – House of the Nobleman, Boswall House, London     

2011, Configured, Signal Gallery, London,

2011, Jerwood Drawing Prize, London and touring to various venues,

2011, Contemporary Approaches to Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London,  

2011, Polemically Small, curated by Edward Lucie Smith, Garboushian Gallery, LA,

2011, Desire, Portman Gallery, London,

2011, The Open West, Gloucester Art Gallery, Gloucester

2010, The Borrowed Loop , Man and Eve Project Space, London
2010, Summer Show, Sarah O' Kane Fine Art, East Sussex
2009, Works, Gallery 286, London
2009, Untitled, Queen Street Studios, Belfast
2009, The Pilgrimage of Lost Children and Other Stories, Bankley Mill, Manchester 
2008, Works, Budapest Art Fair, Hungary
2008, Horse Power, Liverpool Biennale, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool
2008, The Edge of Figuration,Tregoning Fine Art, Derby 
2008, International Artists, Opera Gallery, Hungary
2008, Add Balance to the Equation, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Somerset
2008, Night Thoughts, Royal West of England Academy, Bath
2008, Imaging the Bible, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
2007, Pockets of Silence, Attic Art Gallery, Bury
2007, From Bacchus to Barbie, Signal Gallery, London
2007, SOA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2005, Art Of Imagination, touring European Exhibition, Galerie Venere, Italy; Lofthouse Galerie, Germany ; Silos Gallery, Spain
2005, Golgotha, Albion Green Gallery, Didsbury, Manchester

 

Selected Prizes

2011, winner of the TOWRY award for North of England, open art competition
2011, winner, Marmite Prize for Painting
2010, Shortlisted, Jerwood Painting Fellowship
2009, Shortlisted, Abbey Award in Fine Art, British School of Rome
2009, Florence Biennale, Florence
2008, Shortlisted, Marmite Art Prize , Studio 1.1, London
2007, Finalist, Sir Leslie Joesph Young Artist Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery 
2007, Shortlisted, Celeste Art Prize, London

 

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