Approved: 29.06.2012

Andrew Reeve

Artist

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Approved: 29.06.2012

Since, unbelievably, graduating in 2012, I’ve developed ideas and art through exploring different media and styles including sculpture and conceptual works. I find it difficult to focus on one particular theme or style so consequently my work appears inconsistent, which accurately reflects my personality. Some of my earlier work no longer exists as a physical object, but can be found somewhere on the digital ether.

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  • Location: Colchester, East
  • Activities: Creative writing, Marketing/communications, Web development
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: found objects, painting, drawing, figurative, cutting, scalpel, Sculpture, Deconstruction, Construction
 
 

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    Biography

    Since, unbelievably, graduating in 2012, I’ve developed ideas and art through exploring different media and styles including sculpture and conceptual works. I find it difficult to focus on one particular theme or style so consequently my work appears inconsistent, which accurately reflects my personality. Some of my earlier work no longer exists as a physical object, but can be found somewhere on the digital ether.

    Painting is my preferred medium; its fluidity often leads somewhere unexpected. As an extension of painting, I use found objects (framed paintings) and reappropriate them, however there is often no definite result until one presents itself. Underlying themes throughout my work are the human figure and the human condition although it is difficult to determine who or what is being examined.

    When necessary I use my own photographic source material as the basis for figurative paintings as this allows me to work at a slower pace and instigates a period of looking, contemplating, and decision making before a work can continue. Texture in painting is important to my work and by cutting into (or adding onto) a work a certain tangibility arises that may remind the viewer of the hands-on element in the process.

    I try to allow my work to develop organically with the intention that the material, as far as possible, determines the composition, and title, as well as the subject. But of course thinking about it means this is nearly impossible.

    CV & Education

    Since unbelievably graduating in 2012 with various important people acknowledging and purchasing my work, I’ve developed my ideas and art through exploring different media and styles including sculpture and conceptual works.

    I can’t settle on one particular thing as I’m absurdly inconsistent.

    I don’t produce collections.

    I don’t do commissions.

    In addition to being painfully reminded of constant fruitless and financial demands for my artistic attention some of my works may be destroyed before and after they take shape; my life, my art, my rules. Painting is my preferred medium but I still don’t know if it should be. Underlying themes throughout my work are the human figure and the human condition; contemporary human behaviour so easily accessible for public interpretation and consumption provides plenty nutrition.

    I prefer to use my own photographic source material as the basis for a painting as this allows me to work at a slower pace. I enjoy the fluidity of paint however limited my knowledge is about the substance. It raises more questions than I can answer and seems to be an apt metaphor for contemporary life.

    My animal urge gives way to loose and expressive gestures which require restraint and maybe, one day, if I paid more attention, I’ll incorporate this into my daily life. Art instigates a period of looking, contemplating, and decision making before the work continues.

    A painting as object is something I like to deconstruct. I enjoy breaking things that, maybe, don’t matter. Texture in painting is important to my work and by cutting into (or adding onto) a work a certain tangibility arises that may remind the viewer of the hands-on element in the process.

    I try to allow my work to develop organically with the intention that the material, as far as possible, determines the composition, and title, as well as the subject. But of course thinking about it means this is nearly impossible.

     

    Born 1977

    Currently lives and works in Colchester, Essex.

    Education

    2009 - 2012 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK

    2007 - 2009 Access to HE Art & Design, City College, Norwich, UK

    Awards

    2012 Vernon Crowther Prize

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2015  PAiNT, the Undercroft, Norwich

    2015  Transient Nature of Light, The Bank Gallery, Eye, Suffolk, UK

    2014  Norwich 20 Group, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

    2014  Norwich 20 at Anteros,  Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

    2014  Carved, Cast and Constructed,  Wymondham Arts Center,  Norfolk, UK

    2014  What Is The Point?,  Adam Street Private Members Club,  London

    2014  Correspondence in partnership with Moore In Focus: A Friendship in Letters,  Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts,  Norwich

    2014  ArtCrasher Live!,  SOMArts, San Francisco, CA,  USA

    2013  Surface,  Ark Centre,  Basingstoke,  Hampshire,  UK

    2013  Cambridge Artworks Open,  ArtSpace,  Cambridge,  UK

    2013  Weird & Wonderful,  cueB gallery,  London

    2013  Living Numbers,  FAB'13,  Bath, Somerset,  UK

    2012 Recent Graduates’ Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair,  Battersea,  London

    Residencies

    2012  Intrinsic The Soup Lab, Norwich