Archive for December, 2012

Metro Gallery – Melbourne

6 Realist artists, including myself ,were invited to participate in an exhibition called  “British Realism Now ” by the Metro Gallery in Melbourne. It opens next week until 24th December 2012 and we’re delighted to be flying the flag for British Realism, a big underground movement in British art  but not seen in Australia before.

December 2nd, 2012

NEW ACQUISITION

The National Portrait Gallery have recently purchased my portrait of the late comedy writer and actor Eric Sykes for their  collection.  Eric was one of the nicest sitters that I have ever had , a lovely man and I’m so pleased that he has found a home  in the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a larger than life head study of Eric in Charcoal and pencil at  just over A1 size.

I’m currently working on a new commission for the NPG but I can’t reveal who it is yet.

More recently I’ve been working on a commission for Manchester Grammar School but I can’t unveil that yet until 2015.

December 2nd, 2012

New Portrait Commission

Here is a recent portrait commission that I did for a family in London, I’m always a little warey of putting too much information about people so I’ll just refer to the brother and sister as Bunny and Jack. It’s a large drawing , the framed size is approx 48″ x 40″. it’s in pencil and  charcoal. There is a beautiful Baroque fireplace in their house , huge , and I really wanted to use that as a very dramatic background, almost creating a pictuire with githic drama with the atmospheric lighting. I also wanted them to look relaxed.

December 2nd, 2012

BBC PUBLIC ART COLLECTION

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/andrew-tift

The BBc have developed a new website which is building up comprehensive lists of all art which is in the nation’s public collections. They’ve done a page on me if anybody wants to see any of my work in public places. There’s actually a lot more that I can add. If I can get my head around the site I’ll add the rest. My link is at the top

December 2nd, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCARLETT, YOU’RE ONE YEAR OLD

December 2nd, 2012

2 new pictures

SELF PORTRAIT

ANDY HAMILTON

Sorry it has been a while since I last logged on, it’s been a busy year. Here are 2 new pictures which I’ve done for a show in Austrailia in December, more info to follow.
The portrait of Andy Hamilton, the late saxaphone player from Birmingham is painted in acrylic on board and is 82cm x 53cm. I liked the way the top of his saxaphone contoured around like he was a snake charmner and this instrument was a snake.

The second image is quite an intense self portrait with chiaro scuro lighting. It’s a drawing in charcoal and is 84cm x 67cm. I think sometimes the use of black space adds to the stmosphere. I love the idea of doing self portraits, in the spirit of Rembrandt, I try to do at least one a year.

December 2nd, 2012


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