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Andrew Tift

ARTIST’S BACKGROUND

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 titled “Sayonara Pet” 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 initially in Sunderland and shortly afterwards Tokyo 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 for his portrait of Lucian Freuds first wife “Kitty”

The portrait is a triptych featuring Lucian Freud’s first wife - Kitty Garman, whom he painted many times, perhaps most memorably in “Girl with white dog” (1950-51) (Tate London). She used to live in a small village just outside of Andrew’s home town of Walsall and her family donated their hugely impressive art collection to The New Art Gallery-Walsall , which is called the Garman Ryan Collection. Andrew has been working on portraits of Kitty for a small show at the gallery and this triptych is part of that series. The feel of this triptych was inspired by John Freeman’s “Face To Face” television interview series from the 1960s.

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, The Frissiras Museum, The New Art Gallery- Walsall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.

ARTISTS STATEMENT

I am a figurative realist painter and predominantly specialise in portraiture. I work in a highly detailed, intensely realistic manner and aim for an absolutely pure and objective likeness. Specific environments and narrative objects are often extremely important ingredients to my portraits as they can help to reflect and reinforce the sitters identity. I seek to convey people in the most understanding, intimate and sympathetic way that I can.

Gallery note: Andrew Tift's work is extreemely sought after, with a waiting list of over two years. To find out prices and availability please email fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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This triptych won Andrew Tift the BP Award - the largest portrait prize in the world.

To commission Andrew Tift please email: fraser@agallery.co.uk

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