JEREMY ANDREWS

    Andrews works in oils and uses traditional techniques such as underpainting and glazes to create startling illusions of flesh and body mass. He works meticulously to recreate what he sees, observing the finest details and subtleties in light and form.

    However, beneath the undeniable technical skills Andrews displays as a painter, it is his exploration of self-image in the subjects he chooses that sets him apart. He invites us to look at how we see ourselves and how others perceive us, suggesting that there is something inherently voyeuristic about our culture. In some of his portrait works the sitter's gaze is averted from the viewer, as though we are in some way unwelcome or witnessing a private moment. In others the pose is more confrontational, and the detail frank and disarming.

    Andrews works to commission, and his sitters have included Omer Koc, Lord Dennis Healey, Lord Levy and contemporary artist Franko B - whose portrait was selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2007. Very recently, Andrews completed a major commission for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The painting, 4m wide by 1.6m high, portrays the 28 members of the Royal College of Surgeons and now hangs at the College at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. In effect, the commission was 28 individual portraits and took over 500 days to complete.

    Andrews is currently working on a number of private commissions and a new series of portraits exploring his ongoing interest in self-image and the body.

    Born 1974 Colchester

    Education

    1992-93 Art Foundation, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge

    1993-96 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Southampton Institute of Higher Education

    Exhibitions 

    2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

    2010 New Commission, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London

    2009  Mystery Portrait Postcard, National Portrait Gallery, London

    2008 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

           Babylon Gallery, Ely

    2007 Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

           BP National Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

    2006 The Hutton Gallery, Newcastle  

           Royal Society of Portraits Painters, Mall Galleries, London 

          Mills & Reeve, The Summer Gallery, Cambridge

    2005 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 

    2004 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

           Art London, Chelsea, London

          Mills & Reeve, The Summer Gallery, Cambridge

          Wingfield Arts, The Body in Detail, Suffolk

          Affordable Art Fair, London

    2003  Five of The Best, The Gallery in Cork Street, London

          Y7 Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire

         Y3 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

    2002  Kettles Yard Open, Cambridge

          Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 

          Affordable Art Fair, London

    2001 Joy of Colour 2001, Ashurst Morris Crisp, London

         Affordable Art Fair, London

         BP National Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

         Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

    2000 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

         Member of judging panel for Jack Goldhill Painting Prize 2011

         Featured in 500 Portraits 2011, published by National Portrait Gallery

    Andrews' work is held in private, public and corporate collections including Arts Council England, Logica UK Ltd, Landscape UK, Baker and McKenzie, Herbert Smith, No.3 Verulaum Buildings, London (Barristers Chambers),Royal College of Surgeons of England

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