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ABOVE A Foot in the Past Diptych acrylic on canvas 80 x 40cm
  • LEFT Splash acrylic on board 61 x 30.3cm
  • MIDDLE The Distance to the Horizon acrylic on canvas 90 x 90cm
  • RIGHT Sun Angel acrylic on canvas 76 x 61cm
  • LEFT Restless Light acrylic on canvas 92 x 61cm
  • MIDDLE The Crossing acrylic on canvas 40 x 40cm
  • RIGHT The Clearing acrylic on canvas 40 x 40cm
  • LEFT The Shortest Route acrylic on canvas 61 x 61cm
  • MIDDLE Lowland Call acrylic on board
  • RIGHT In Flood II acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • LEFT Below the Rocks acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • MIDDLE Below the Rocks II acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • RIGHT Below the Rocks III acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • LEFT Highest Point acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • MIDDLE Sudden Light acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • RIGHT Uplands acrylic on paper 40 x 30cm
  • LEFT Sudden Light - Acrylic on paper

Andrew Bird

The themes in my painting originate from the experience of being in a place for a period of time and the images become composites of this rather than an accurate representation.  I try to paint what I have seen and felt in equal measures.  This could be anything from the way the light captures an object or lights up a hillside, the weather, texture on rocks, paint peeling on buildings, boats and many other things.  I also try to respond to how I experience a place within my work.

The process of making the work usually starts from wanting to describe a specific place or experience.  I don't have a rigid idea of how this will progress and let the work develop instinctively.  It does, however, need to be successful in whatever the aim of the painting was at the beginning.  I will work and re-work the whole image to achieve this.  The paintings are made from many layers that are built into textures and forms.  Layers of paint are constantly scratched into to reveal underlying texture.  I aim to achieve a rhythm and a sense of movement within both the composition and the use of colour to outline a sense of time rather than the image becoming a static snapshot.

Andrew Bird

Recent and Current Shows:

  • 2016 Tanner & Lawson, Burham Market, Norfolk, Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire 'Summer Exhibition', Porthminster Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall  'Coast'  
  • 2015 20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, showing with Hilton Fine Art, 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, showing with Hilton Fine Art, Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire, Summer Show,Tanner & Lawson, Burnham Market, Norfolk, Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, Spring Show.
  • 2014 Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall 'Quay and Coast'.
  • 2013 The ArtHouse Gallery, Bournemouth ' A Christmas Selection', Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire, Winter Exhibition and Spring/Summer Shows, Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth, Variations on Abstraction and various shows through 2013 at D'Art Gallery, Dartmouth, Salon 3, Mixed show, Cromford, Derbyshire, Spring Exhibition, Dart Gallery, Dartmouth.
  • 2012 Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire, Winter Exhibition, The ArtHouse Gallery, Bournemouth - Christmas Show, The Tarpey Gallery - Open Exhibition, The Cathedral Centre Gallery, Derby - 'Hills and Harbours' Solo show 2012-13, Wirksworth Festival, The ArtHouse Gallery, Bournemouth - Summer Show, Cry of the Gulls, Fowey, Cornwall - Various Shows through 2012, The ArtHouse Gallery, Bournemouth - 'Coast', Jack Sevens Gallery, Cheshire - Spring Exhibition
  • 2011 Tarpey Gallery - Open Exhibition, Harley Gallery Exhibition, Out of the Blue Gallery, Edinburgh, Wirksworth Festival.


Solo Shows:

  • 2015 Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall ' Lasting Impressions'
  • 2013 The Cathedral Gallery, Derby - 'Hills and Harbours', Tarpey Gallery, Derbyshire 'An Exhibition of New Work'

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