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Portrait Of A Local Artist – Nick Andrew

Portrait-of-a-local-artist-Nick-Andrew-b&wWiltshire Artist seeks a gallery for a solo Show

Nick Andrew from Warminster was preparing for an exhibition of his work depicting London parks at the Curwen Gallery, London in April. But he was let down at the last minute when he learned that the Curwen Gallery was closing after 35 years of trading.

Each week since January 2016 Nick has been taking his sketchbook to a different public garden or park in central Portrait-of-a-local-artist-Brompton-CemeteryLondon, drawing, discovering, meeting park users and researching for his Sticks in the Smoke project. “I am aiming to cover all of central London’s 60 parks and gardens, from the huge acreage of Hyde Park to pocket handkerchief spaces such as St. Mary Staining,” he says.

These drawings, as well as studies (small paintings) he creates after each visit, were the basis of his exhibition with a follow-up show in 2018. Additionally, a proportion of the exhibition sales were going to support the Sensory Trust charity which aims to make the outdoors accessible and enjoyable for all people, regardless of age, ability or social circumstance.

Not one to dwell, good news was soon around the corner when he won the Individual Artists Award at the Wiltshire Life Awards. “A real surprise, a boost and validation! It was a great evening (even though black tie isn’t really my style!)”

Nick opens his studio at Bull Mill Arts close to the banks of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire, near Warminster every first Saturday of the month and from May 27 to June 4 he will take part in the Wylye Valley Art Trail.

Nick studied Art and Graphic Design in Oxford, London and Cheltenham. Since graduating in 1979, he has been working as a painter and has exhibited widely, in galleries and events throughout the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA.