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Andy Finlay

In his work Andy explores the history of an area of land. Through its relationship with its buildings, population and events over time as it moves through growth, decline, erosion, destruction, renovation and renewal. He is particularly drawn to the layering and charging effect that these have on the space and the narrative of the emotional residue that’s left behind.

Born in London, he grew up behind an old industrial gas works and this is where his fascination for run-down urban areas began. “There is a cycle in all spaces but to me this cycle is more defined in decaying urban and industrial spaces.

Throughout his oeuvre you will find white oil paint, canvas, paper, cement, LED light, timber, bricks and salvaged items, but it is the white oil paint and light that play the lead roles. Together they create pieces that change as the ambient light changes, areas become visible and others fade making them subtly ebb and flow. Over time the imagery, often close to invisible in many lights, gradually starts to reveal itself and this revealing allows the narrative to slowly emerge.

My aim in all my painting is to draw viewers in and for the work to slowly reveal itself. It is my way of slowing down time, to remove them to a place where the world drifts slightly away. My work tends to sneak up on you and slows you down as it transforms and I like that. It is such contrast to the instant imagery that’s all around us."

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Selling: Across from Pimlico
Across from Pimlico
Oil on canvas - Original
2018 Selected for Travers Smith CSR Art Programme 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2018 Painting hung in Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly as part of RAF 100 Year Anniversary 2018 View Gallery Summer Exhibition, London 2018 Surrey Contemporary Arts Fair- solo stand. Sandown Park 2018 IDENTITY, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green 2017 POP-UP EXHIBITION, 384 Old Street, London 2017 Windsor Contemporary Arts Fair- solo stand. Windsor 2017 Creative 508 - 508 Kings Road Gallery, London 2017 Parallax Arts Fair - Solo stand - Chelsea, London 2017 PRIME, Group Show at Firestation Centre For The Arts. Windsor 2016 Windsor Contemporary Arts Fair- solo stand. Windsor 2016 Black Swan Art Open, Bruton 2016 London Visual Arts Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2015 Black Swan Art Open, Bruton 2015 London Visual Arts Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London 2014 West London Original Print Show, Apothcary Gallery, West London

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