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Iain Andrews

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

New Blood Art Statement

Recipient of many accolades including 1st prize winner at Open up North, the Marmite Painting Prize and the Towry Prize,  Andrews is widely sought after and highly collectable.

We live at a time where shifting cultural assumptions have shattered fixed notions of continuity and value. The essential truths that Postmodernism has denied – love, evil, death, the sacred, morality and soteriology have become absent from much contemporary art as they have from wider contemporary culture. Yet Postmodernism’s failure to offer consolations or answers to these enduringly relevant subjects means that as an artist, an awareness of modern developments must be balanced by a dialogue with established traditions and past narratives, and yet not become nostalgic. Terry Eagleton, and Peter Fuller have both argued for the importance of art to be able to tackle these big subjects. Whereas in the past, the artist or thinker had the shared symbolic order provided by religion within which to refer and ground their work, the artist today must find a way of surviving the bewildering plurality and subjectivity that has become the norm, if the truth of what they have to say is to maintain any force or credibility.

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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. Fuller talks about how, in the past the artist could ‘transform the physically perceived by the manifestation of allegoric devices like haloes and ‘human’ wings, whereas now this can only be realised through the transfiguration of formal means like drawing, colour and touch’. 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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Solo exhibitions

2014 - Re:view - Iain Andrews, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2013 - Il teatro dei leviatano - Man and Eve, London , 

2013 - The Language of Paint (with Richard Kenton Webb), Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

2012 - Mythopoeia, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington

2011 - Manchester Contemporary, Man and Eve , Manchester

2009 - The Pilgrimage of Lost Children and Other Stories, Bankley Mill, Manchester ,

2009 - Theoria, Gallery 286, London 

1999 - Passion, the crossing, St Paul's, , Walsall, West Midlands

 

Group exhibitions

2014 - (DETAIL) H Project Space, Bangkok (June) and Transition Gallery, London (September) Curator Andrew Bracey,   -  Open up North, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

2013 - Beautiful Things, next door projects, Tate Liverpool, -  The Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London

2012 - 60 Drawings, Bankley Gallery, Manchester ,
2012 - A Private Affair, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston ,    
2012 - Collectible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London,    
2012 - Digital Romantics, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax,      
2012 - International Beethoven Project, National Pastime Theatre, Chicago,      
2012 - Manchester Contemporary , (with man & eve), Manchester,   - Polemically Small, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham,      
2012 - Pulse (with Man and Eve), New York, NY,
2012 - Put your money where your eyes are, Fundraising Auction for Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester,    

2012 - The Wreck of the Imagination, Sarah O'Kane Fine Art, Lewes

2011 - Art Works Open, Barbican Arts Group, London,  
2011 - Configured, Signal Gallery, London, 

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

2011 - Deptford X, Core Gallery, London,  - Desire, Portman Gallery, Soho, London,  

2011 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London,     

2011 - National Open Art Competition, Pallant House, Chichester,    

2011 - Polemically Small (curated by Edward Lucie Smith), Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles,  

2011 - The Open West, Glouceser Art Gallery, Gloucester,    

2011 - The Return - House of the Nobleman, Boswall House, Regents Park, London,    

2011 - We are all in this together, Bureau Gallery, Manchester

2010 - Marmite Painting Prize, Thameside Art gallery, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, The Nunnery, 

2010 - London, Touring Exhibition,    

2010 - The Borrowed Loop, Man and Eve Gallery, London,   

2010 - The Summer Show, Sarah O'Kane Fine Art, East Sussex

2009 - New Paintings (with Genieve Figgis), Queen Street Studios, Belfast

2008 - Budapest Art Fair, Budapest, Hungary,  

2008 - Edge of Figuration, Tregoning Fine Art, Derby, 

2008 - Horse Power, Metal, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool,  

2008 - Imaging the Bible, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth,   

2008 - New Blood Art Fair, Lighthouse, London,  

2008 - Night Thoughts, Royal West of England Academy, Bath,  

2008 - Top 100, MCPS/PRS Alliance Building, London

2007 - Annual Exhibition, The Mall Gallery, London,  

2007 - Battersea Contemporary Arts Fair, BAC, London,   

2007 - From Bacchus to Barbie, Signal Gallery, London,  

2007 - New Work, Tregoning Fine Art, Derby,  

2007 - Sefton open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

2006 - Derby Open, Derby City Art Gallery, Derby 

2005 - Art of Imagination, Galerie Venere, Italy,  - Art of Imagination Touring European exhibition, Lofthouse Galerie / Silos Gallery, Germany / Spain

2004 - Challenge the Nail, Salon Des Arts, London

2003 - Art and Vision, Williamsburg Art Centre, New York,  - Art of the Imagination, Gallery 37, London and Kircudbright, Scotland,   - Religion, Art and War, Salon Des Arts, London, Yugoslavia and Israel

2002 - Art of the Imagination,Gallery 37, Cork Street, London,  - Eyepoppers, Gloucester City Art Gallery, Gloucester,   - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland

1998 - Images of landscape, Heifer Gallery, London

 

Private commissions

2005 - Portrait of M.A.Evans, retiring head of Trinity Church of England School, Trinity Church of England School, Manchester

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2014 - Open up North - 1st Prize

2012 - The Northern Art Prize 2013, longlist, Leeds

2011 - Marmite Painting Prize - 1st Prize, Nunnery, Bow Arts, London,   

2011 - Towry Prize - North of England, National Open Art Competition, Chichester,  

2011 - Jerwood drawing prize, London

2010 - Jerwood Painting Fellowship, shortlist, Jerwood space, London

2009 - Abbey Scholarship in Painting, Shortlisted, British School of Rome, Rome,

2009 - Saatchi's Best of British, shortlist, Saatchi Gallery, London 

2008 - Marmite Art Prize, Studio 1.1, London

2007 - Celeste Art Prize 2007 - Short List, London, 

2007 - Sir Leslie Joesph Young Artist Award - Shortlist, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 

2002 - LUKAS Drawing Prize, Gallery 37, Cork Street, London

 

Publications / Selected Press

2014 - Pick of the weeks Exhibitions - Guardian Guide http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/15/this-weeks-new-exhibitions

2012 - Mythopoeia - exhibition catalogue with essays by Graham Crowley and Edward Lucie Smith

2011 - front cover, a-n magazine, - Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011 Catalogue, - Marmite Painting Prize, exhibition catalogue,   One to watch, a kick up the arts website, Editors Pick, Top ten International shows, Saatchi Online magazine, One to watch, FAD, www.fadwebsite.com

2010 - review of 'The Borrowed Loop' a-n, October

2009 - School of Saatchi, BBC2,   The Vacuum, Issue 41

2006 - What the World Needs Now, BBC 1, 

2003 - Religion Art and War exhibition catalogue, Imperial College, London

 

Collections

The New Art Gallery, Walsall

The Progressive Collection, Ohio

Warrington Art Gallery

Private collections in the U.K, Denmark, U.S.A, Hong Kong, Brazil 

 

Other

2013 - Artist's talk - in coversation with Ricahrd Kenton Webb at Atkinson gallery, 

2013 - Neo Art Prize - selection panel

2012 - The Marmite Painting Prize - selection panel

2011 - The Open West - selection panel

 

2010 - Who cares if it's art or not, is it any good? - lecture given at Liverpool Cathedral,      

 

2010 - The Good the True and The Beautiful - Lecture given at the University of Wales

 

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