"Nature for me, is the absolute foundation for my work, it's unpredictable and never paralleled. It is dark and earthy, it is all involving and overpowering."
'Unseen' is an exploration of a particular theme that is becoming critical in Andrew's practice. The union of exploration, imagination and the creation of a simpler image to describe this.
A combination of wanderlust and his enjoyment of drawing and capturing the landscape. He endeavours to further the ideas of the British Romantic Artists by trying to amplify the landscape into a new image. As well as nature, the idea of the of the Romantic Sublime fascinates him. The idea of an image that on face value is attractive, enticing and thought provoking but can also contain menace, a melancholy and something primal.
Andrew constantly strives to create an image which shows his reactions to the landscape and the idea of the sublime. He's particularly interested in the harmony of classical image making based on the traditional methods. However, he mixes this tradition with something more expressive and based on the physical properties of the actual painted surface. Andrew likes the viewer to see the painting as an object as well as an image.
'Unseen' is a showcase of all these ideas. A collection of large scale and more intimate works all based in landscape and all expressive and exploratory.