Andrew graduated with a first class degree and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central England.
In 1995 he had a portrait based solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London following a visit to Japan which was sponsored by B.P. He focused on the cradle to grave work ethic in the Japanese car manufacturing industry and documented the workers and their families.
He has exhibited in the B.P. Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery 10 times and has been shortlisted for the first prize on 4 different occasions. In 2006 Andrew took the £25,000 first prize in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for his portrait of Lucian Freud's first wife Kitty Godley. The triptych portrait was purchased by The Art Fund for The New Art Gallery, Walsall and featured in his 2007 solo show at the gallery, which depicted a series of drawn, painted and etched portraits of Kitty.
Andrew has also won many other awards including The Japan Festival Award, The European Painting Award at the Frissiras Museum in Athens and the Emerson Group Award at the Manchester Academy of fine Art.
In 1998 Andrew painted a portrait of The Rt Hon Tony Benn MP for the House of Commons collection and was also asked by the National Portrait Gallery to paint a portrait of Neil and Glenys Kinnock for their permanent collection which was unveiled in 2002. Andrew is currently painting Lord Chief Justice Woolf for the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Channel 4 made a television documentary about Andrew and his work which was first screened in 2002.
Andrew was invited by his American gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico to produce a body of work based upon the people of New Mexico. The Andreeva gallery hosted Andrew for two months in 2003 while he explored the region looking for interesting faces to paint. This culminated in his first solo exhibition in America during the Autumn of 2004 featuring all the faces that he met in the previous year from Native American Indians to Hippies, Cowboys and Vietnam veterans.
Andrew has exhibited at commercial and public galleries and museums in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Athens and Santa Fe and has work in many public and private collections including, the National Portrait Gallery, The House of Commons and the Frissiras Museum.
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