York College Gallery (5th January – 12th February 2015)
The latest exhibition in the York College Gallery presents the paintings of Iain Andrews which begin as a dialogue, both with a particular Folk Tale and also with an image from art history – a painting by an Old Master that may then be used as a starting point from which to playfully but reverently deviate. This provides a kind of structure, rather like the stage of a theatre, within which the drama of a new story can be acted out through a range of brush strokes, ranging from spontaneous, hurried sweeps to more considered, detailed areas. The images are then submerged in layers of varnish, and surfaces are sanded, scraped and rubbed away to reveal the history of what lies beneath. There are references to sources as wide ranging as sentimental Victorian prints, ladybird books, Titian, taxidermy, the Brothers Grimm and Andrews' own work as an Art Psychotherapist.
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