Andrew Farmer

Andrew Farmer AROI

Andrew was born in 1985 in South Yorkshire, he studied Fine Art Painting at the University of Canterbury Christ Church (2005-2008), followed by ‘The Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing school, London (2008-2009). Painting primarily in oils Andrew tackles a range of subjects including domestic family scenes (Interiors and garden), landscape, cityscape and portraiture.

Andrew produces work which is heavily rooted in observation. The artist thrives on the act of looking, analysing and trying to understand the world around him. “I’m a strong believer in tapping in to my locality for inspiration, to the point of permanently setting up my equipment in the garden. In this way I’m always ready to work directly from highly personal family scenes in the warmer months. It also enables me to experiment on a much larger scale than usual.” Sketchbooks play an important role in Andrew’s creative practice. Drawings serve as a vehicle to solve problems within his paintings, explore new subjects or simply to practice with no end in mind. “I think it’s such an important thing to keep on searching and experimenting and sketchbooks offer me a place to do this, spontaneously and on a variety of scales and formats.” Family is a vital bloodline to Andrew’s creativity he finds great inspiration in his young family, in the form of intimate individual portraits and large scale oil paintings of family life around the home and garden. “I love to paint the ordinary, elevating simple subjects that will cause the viewer to take more notice of the many wonderful and beautiful things surrounding us daily.”

Awards

  • 1st Prize Winsor and Newton Award for Oil Painting, ROI, 2018
  • Paint Out Norwich, Judges Commendation, 2018
  • 2nd Place (£1000) ‘Create Longridge’ Art event, Londgridge, Lancashire. 2018
  • 1st place (Best in show), The New Fringe Open Exhibition. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Haworth Northern Landscape Award, NEAC, 2016
  • Shortlisted for the Contemporary Portrait Prize, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2016
  • 2nd Prize, Windsor and Newton Award for Oil Painting, ROI, 2014
  • Richard Ford Award, Prado Residency, Madrid, The Royal Drawing School, London, 2009

Exhibitions

2018

  • The Royal Institute Of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
  • The New English Art Club annual Exhibition
  • Create Longridge
  • The New Fringe Open, Doncaster Museum
  • Birmingham NEC with Granta Fine Art 2018
  • Group Show, ’Reflections’, Hornshaw Gallery London

2017

  • The Royal Institute Of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
  • The New English Art Club annual Exhibition
  • One Man Show, ‘From the woodland to the coast’, Staithes Studios Gallery
  • One Man Show, ’HOMELAND’ Cusworth Hall, Doncaster

2016

  • The Royal Institute Of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
  • The Brick Lane Gallery, Group Exhibition with the Hornshaw Gallery
  • The New English Art Club annual Exhibition
  • Contemporary Portrait Award, Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2 man show, Staithes studio Gallery, Staithes
  • The Buxton Spa Prize Exhibition
  • Royal Society of Marine Artists
  • Art For Youth North Yorkshire

2015

  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
  • 3 Man Show, ‘Chalk Marks’. The Art and Rose Gallery, Pocklington

2013

  • Ruth Borchard self-portrait competition, Kings Place Gallery, York Road, London
  • Solo Exhibition-‘Painting in the park’, Cusworth Hall, Doncaster