I’m an Artist living and creating in South Yorkshire, UK.
Why do I create Art?
I have always loved drawing, as far back as I can remember and this love for drawing has evolved into a life time pursuit of being a professional Artist. I am energised when I create Art, whether drawing, painting or sculpting, I suddenly feel more alive. I love to observe the natural world around me and to translate what I see and feel into works of Art. It’s the thrill of the chase that I most enjoy, rapidly trying to capture the fleeting moments of life.
What inspires me?
My current inspiration comes from the surrounding fields, the activity of the farmer’s managing the land and crops. I am really drawn to the tracks left by farming machinery and this has become a focal point in a lot of my new work. I find nothing more inspiring than being out in the open with my materials and equipment, face to face with nature.
What does my work say?
I think that my work speaks calmly and quietly. In a world cluttered with media noise, advertising and negativity, I want to create Art which reminds us about the beauty and mystery of nature. I like to leave a lot of my painting suggested and open, this gives more opportunity for the viewer to attach their own meanings and stories. I want my work to be the equivalent to a piece of poetry or a short story, saying just enough about a landscape or portrait.
How do I make my Art?
This is something which can vary from day to day. But what do I mean when I say that? For example, if I am out painting in the field during the summer months, I might spend longer than usual building up an image because I have more daylight hours and mostly the temperature outdoors are good for painting. However, painting outdoors in the winter is a different game all together. I paint more rapidly, normally completing a painting within two hours due to the low temperatures.
Another thing which impacts on how I paint is if I am painting in the studio, usually in the winter months. The electric light source is constant and unchanging giving me a real chance to work on my accuracy without feeling the same urgency as when I paint a landscape outdoors. You will notice that my still-life paintings offer greater detail and exploration of more subtle tones and colours.
Official Website: www.andrewfarmerfineart.com
Born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire 16/10/1985
Church View College, Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Awarded Distinction for National Diploma in Fine Art.
Church View College, Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Awarded Distinction for Foundation in Art and Design.
Canterbury Christ Church University(2005-2008): Awarded 1st Class Degree in Fine Art Painting
Post-Graduate Certificate(MA) The Prince’s Drawing School, London.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University
“Summer Splash” Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2006, 2007
Canterbury Arts Festival, The Marlowe Centre, Kent, 2007
Nevill Gallery High Street Canterbury, 2007
Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, 2008
Degree Show, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Kent, 2008
“Fast Forward” Sidney Cooper Gallery 2009
“The Drawing year” The prince’s drawing School, London, 2009
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2009
Ludlow Poetry and Arts Festival, 2009
‘Art for Haiti’, charity exhibition and auction, High Street Canterbury, 2010
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2010
Manchester BuyArt Fair 2010
Transport Exhibition, Tickhill, 2011
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition, 2011/ 2012
Ruth Borchard Self-portrait competition, Kings Place Gallery, York Road, London, 2013
Solo Exhibition-’Painting in the park’, Cusworth Hall, Donncaster, 2013
Richard Ford Award, Prado Residency, Madrid, Spain(2009)
I was awarded a £1200 bursery to travel and stay in Madrid for one month to develop my drawing and understanding of great Spanish Art in the Prado Museum.
Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust
Life size miner(sculpture) and relief plaques, Doncaster, 2012
Shorlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait exhibition, King's Place Gallery, London, 2013