Iain Andrews

Iain Andrews combines folk tales, art history and classical children’s literature in his paintings.
Iain retells and re-imagines the past, enabling it to live again in exciting and unexpected ways.
Iain often explores the relationship between the spiritual and the sensual, and the conflict of high narrative themes and sensuous painterly marks.

Manchester-based artist Iain Andrews paints otherworldly scenes inspired by the Faery Tales of Grimm and Anderson, confessionalism, and his time working as an art psychotherapist. Born in 1974, Iain has had a fruitful career showcasing works at major global institutions, including the Venice Biennale and the National Gallery of Poland. Fusing elements of classic children's literature and art history, Iain creates a collision of infinite narratives and expressionistic gestures.

Iain Andrews’ Style and Practice

Exploring the idea that mind and body are inseparable entities, Iain attempts to seize the relationship between the sensual and the spiritual, otherwise known as René Descartes mind-body dualism. His paintings - whirlwinds of colour, symbolic imagery, and texture - plunge viewers into a world hidden beneath the human psyche. His process begins with a pre-existing image from art history or by an Art Master. He uses this as an armature to hang his drama on, taking several coloured photocopies and reconstructing them with scissors and glue. The new and revitalised collages act as the basis for his paintings, predominately made using acrylic on linen. Paint is poured and manipulated; surfaces wrinkled and pockmarked. The brushstrokes become characters in themselves, and the landscapes painted curtains to imaginative realms.

Awards, Collections and Exhibitions

Iain Andrews' work is in various public collections, including Walsall Art Gallery and Warrington Art Gallery in the United Kingdom, Yan Tai Art Gallery in China, the Progressive Collection in Ohio, and numerous private collections worldwide. Iain won The Marmite Painting Prize and Towry Prize at the National Art Open in 2011. Indeed, Iain is not short of accolades, shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Northern Art Prize, GMCC Art Prize, the Abbey Scholarship in Painting, and the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, to name a few. He has had various solo and group shows throughout the UK and abroad. Iain has also lectured at various art colleges throughout the UK and has undertaken several residencies, the most recent being in Beijing, China.

Selected Works

The Hunting Of Titian by Iain Andrews

The Hunting Of Titian

Paintings - 51x76 cm
Still (a)life (after Chardin) by Iain Andrews

Still (a)life (after Chardin)

Paintings - 60x60 cm
ll teatro dei Leviatano by Iain Andrews

ll teatro dei Leviatano

Sculpture - 75x60 cm
Dessert Landscape by Iain Andrews

Dessert Landscape

Paintings - 45x55 cm
Briar Rose by Iain Andrews

Briar Rose

Paintings - 70x52 cm
The Heathens by Iain Andrews

The Heathens

Paintings - 60x50 cm
Still Life by Iain Andrews

Still Life

Paintings - 30x40 cm
Hell at last by Iain Andrews

Hell at last

Paintings - 60x50 cm
The Temptation of St Anthony by Iain Andrews

The Temptation of St Anthony

Paintings - 55x45 cm
Golem by Iain Andrews


Paintings - 61x46 cm


Paintings - 76x58 cm


Paintings - 44x32 cm


Paintings - 46x30 cm

Buen Provecho

Paintings - 60x50 cm

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