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Iain Andrews

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Degree: MA Fine Art
University: University of Wales, School of Art
Graduation Year: 2000

New Blood Art Statement

A furious war between fairy tales, classic children's literature, and confessionalism flourishes into life when this exquisitely talented artist steps up to the canvas. In Lewis Carroll’s classic piece of literary nonsense, Alice followed a little white rabbit into Wonderland (well, he was wearing a waistcoat)….but that was all so last year. Now, it’s all about following a sinister looking toad into The Undoing, or rather, the explosive imagination of award winning painter, Iain Andrews.
 
Experiencing a piece of Andrews’ work is like taking a leap of faith from your stalwart perch in reality and plummeting into the true madness that can lurk within the human psyche. The artist himself discusses how he has strived to capture the ‘relationship between the sensual and the spiritual,’ otherwise known as René Descartes mind-body dualism, a mental phenomenon that alludes to the possibility that the mind and body are separable entities. An incredible amount of inventive thought has clearly gone into the composition of each of Andrews’ pieces and it is not hard to imagine why he was awarded first place in Open up North, the Marmite Painting Prize, and the Towry Prize.

One of the most scintillating features of Andrews’ work is his ever-changing pallet. Take the colours we see in There Your Heart Will Be Also. The hues of this piece are so dazzling that they cease to be acrylics on a canvas, and become as natural as real flowers with fleshy petals, this leaves us with a canvas of organic blooms. However, if we turn to a piece such as The Temptation of Sir Anthony and Other Stories X, we find this dry looking landscape washed in sepia ink and we get a sense of solemnness, of time passing…

Iain Andrews is an extraordinarily talented and thought provoking artist who can be found showing his work at this year's Venice Bienniale. 

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.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, New work, Hay Hill gallery, London
2015, Changeling, York University Gallery, York
2014, Re -view, Castlefield gallery, Manchester

Group Exhibitions

2019, Personal Structures, ECC, Venice Biennalle, Venice
2019, Contemporary British Painting, National Gallery of Poland, Gdansk
2018, Fresh Paint, Messums gallery, Wiltshire

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2011, Marmite Painting Prize, 1st prize
2011, Towry regional prize, National Open Art Competition
2014, Open up North, 1st prize
2016, GMCC arts prize, runner up
2017, GMCC arts prize, runner up
2016, Anthology, 1st prize, Van der plas gallery, New York
2018, New Lights Art Prize, shortlist
2018, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, shortlist

Original works:

And There will Your Heart be A...

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General Confusion

By Iain Andrews

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The Ghosts

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

By Iain Andrews

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Mythopoeia - the Rise of Malgr...

By Iain Andrews

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Endemoniado

By Iain Andrews

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Mythopoeia - the Knights of St...

By Iain Andrews

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Sold Artworks:

The Dangers of Lust

By Iain Andrews

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Bartolome the Fruitseller

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The Death of St Paul

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The Baptism of Piero della Fra...

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(Untitled)St Sebastien

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Ascension

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Stones and Bread

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Golgotha I

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Christ Mocked (After Bosch)

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Study for the Vocation of Mich...

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Hansel and Gretel (after Caspa...

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The Wreck of the Imagination

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Sanvean

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Hecate's Garden

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Cirencester III

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Brueghel's Family Picnic

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Shekinah

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Hansel and Gretel II

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Endymion IV

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Tree and Leaf

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Niggle

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Study for Ghost of the Alchemi...

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Study for Endymion

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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Study for the Pilgrimage of Lo...

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The Temptation of St Anthony a...

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The Undoing

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Goodbye Sweetheart

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The Meeting

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