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Simon Andrews

Simon Andrews - painter
"In my work I'm interested in the balance between a figurative narrative and the physicality of paint, how this balance affects the way we visualise a memory in our mind's eye."

Simon Andrews is an Australian painter, originally from Sydney, Australia and currently living and working in Sweden. He combines figurative paintings with an innovative, abstract twist.

Questioning Imagery

Andrews’ first encounter with painting was through a playful trick played on him during his childhood by his father. A postcard of the painting ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’ by Gainsborough, displayed on the family fridge was often referred to as the family’s British ancestors. During a class presentation where the image was shown, Andrews naively leapt up to explain the family connection to his classmates. This whole experience prompted a commitment to seeking out the truth and history of images.

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Abstraction Meets the Figurative

Andrews enjoys exploring the process of the medium. He adds abstract elements to his figurative canvas. These small, often geometric shapes stem from this childhood encounter with the Gainsborough painting, assessing the image and painting his own interpretation. Instead of creating a flawless canvas he wants to reveal the painterly process, these squares enhance this notion and draw our attention to the physicality.

Scandinavian Success

Andrews has exhibited extensively in Scandinavia and abroad in places such as Sydney and Switzerland. He has held a number of personal exhibitions in galleries across Sweden.

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2015
    Sinnernas resa / Gallery Art Veritas – Onsala, Sweden
  • 2009
    Group Exhibition / Open Art – Örebro, Sweden
  • 2004
    Stockholm Artfair / Space – Stockholm, Sweden

Solo exhibitions

  • 2016
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Ekberga – Kivik, Sweden
  • 2016
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Backlund – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2016
    Individual exhibition / Partille Konstföreningen – Partille, Sweden
  • 2015
    Individual exhibition / Dergårds galleri – Lerum, Sweden
  • 2014
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Backlund – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2013
    Individual exhibition / Gallery Kirk – Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2012
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist – Malmö, Sweden
  • 2012
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Backkund – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2011
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Kirk – Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2011
    Group Exhibition / Rex-Livingston gallery – Sydney, Australia
  • 2010
    Individual exhibition / Liljevalchs konsthall – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010
    Individual exhibition / Gallery Genesis – Athens, Greece
  • 2010
    Individual exhibition / Gallery Backlund – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2009
    Individual exhibition / Alingsås Konsthall – Alingsås, Sweden
  • 2008
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Backlund – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2008
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Blå – Linköping, Sweden
  • 2008
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist – Malmö, Sweden
  • 2007
    Individual exhibition / Röd Gallery – Halden, Norway
  • 2007
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Ingela.S – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2007
    Individual exhibition / Black & White galleri – Halmstad, Sweden
  • 2006
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Duner – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2006
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Blå – Linköping, Sweden
  • 2005
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist – Mlmö, Sweden
  • 2004
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Agardh & Tornwall – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2003
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Agardh & Tornwall – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2003
    Individual exhibition / Galleri Ferm – Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2002
    Individual exhibition / Dalslands konstmuseum – Dalslands, Sweden

Publications

  • 2015
    A journey through the senses – Simon Andrews
  • 2009
    Open Art Örebros konsthall – Simon Andrews
  • 2009
    Liljevalchs vårsalongen – Simon Andrews
  • 2006
    Zenit – Simon Andrews Livet på Strand

Permanent collections

  • 2016
    Liseberg, Sweden
  • 2016
    Westbourne public school, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Lerum local council, Sweden
  • 2014
    Örebro hospital, Sweden
  • 2012
    Vargberg local council, Sweden
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