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Andrew Tift – Age 11 to 13 – (The Lost Paintings)


The Local council sent a letter to my mom’s house a few months ago informing her that she was entitled to free loft insulation to keep her bills down and help the environment which was very kind of them. Last week my brother and I spent a day at her house emptying the loft item by item through the small square hole in the ceiling. I suspected that there may be some of my old pictures up there but I had no recollection of the prolific output that  had poured out. There were bags full of stuff and looking through them I could actually remember drawing some of them when I was 11. What the hell was going through my mind at that tender age I can’t quite grasp today but I’d certainly entered some kind of fantacy world. There seems to be a series of themes like monsters, ghosts, cars and  rock stars.

Ken Dodd always says that we forget how to be children with the pressures of adulthood and leave that all behind. Picasso said something quite similar in that we are all born artists but we just get it knocked out of us… I’m sure they’re right. No matter how primitive and crap  they look I can remember the pleasure and escapism that they brought in the tedium of  half term and  the long  summer holidays.

August 10th, 2008

Talks about my work at the National portrait gallery- 2009.


I will be doing a series of  3 talks about my work at the National Portrait Gallery next year in their excellent lecture theatre. They are scheduled for 15th, 16th, and 17th June 2009 in the morning of each day and will coincide with the opening of next years BP Portrait Awards.
The talks will focus upon all of the portraiture works that I have done from 1991 to present day. It will largely be in sequence from my early work in 1991 when I was working on my MA project and I will explain my thoughts, reasons  and techniques behind each of the portraits. I will be discussing paintings and  drawings and showing sequences depicting the build up/progress  of a selection of my paintings. I would imagine that the talks will last around one and a half hours and are primarily aimed at school groups but I’m sure that they wouldn’t mind small individual groups attending too.

If you would like to know any more about these 3 events please contact Tanja Gangar, (Learning Manager at the NPG) on;

August 10th, 2008


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