Pure abstract, Portal encourages all or no interpretation. Perhaps it is simply beautiful. The surface of the painting comprises layers of paint applied with a thick brushstroke to create an expressive texture almost to the point of impasto. Far from flat, the paint creates an impression of nuanced colour, the midnight blue speckled with paint stars. The effect of the work is both sombre and restful.
Inspired by landscapes, Andrew explains the intellectual process behind his paintings. He approaches a new canvas without preconceptions, almost cold, before laying down the compositional structure:
‘I seek to explore these compositions and develop abstraction through the inclusion and exclusion of the contents within view. Selecting elements, physical objects, colours, and surfaces, coupled with the linear pathways that the eye can follow in and around a space, is fundamental to the process of producing work.’
Andrew was born in Malta, but his training was more local, initially at Gloucester College of Art and Design, followed by Winchester School of Art and then the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. For much of his career as well as painting he has taught art, but more recently he has devoted his time to his own art. He has exhibited extensively in and round his home-town Cheltenham.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:100cm, W:100cm, framed H:104cm, W: 104cm, D:5.5cm
Oil paint and pastels on canvas
Framed: grey painted wooden frame showing complete canvas, unglazed
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