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Mythopoeia - the Knights of St Altdorfer (after Durer) by Iain Andrews

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Mythopoeia - the Knights of St Altdorfer (after Durer)

Iain Andrews

62 x 22 cm | 24 x 8 in

Subject: Abstract
Tags: Landscape, Mythological, Engraving, Detail, Creature, Tree, Dragons

Unique engraving on found wooden desk fragment.

in 2017 - Iain Andrews was selected as a prizewinner for the second year running for the Greater Manchester Art Prize and is currently part of the Contemporary British Painting show that is touring China this year: Contemporary Masters from Britain – Selected works from the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting, will tour China for three shows in Autumn 2017 at The Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum and the Jiangsu Art Museum. The Yantai Art Museum has just acquired three of Andrews‘ drawings for their permanent collection (the museum is comparable to the size of The Tate).

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Iain Andrews

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. 

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