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Artist of the week
Andy  Gradwell

Art has been defined by some as ‘the imitation of beautiful nature’ or it has been said that at least many works of art ‘re-represent’ or re-produce’ some aspect of nature or reality. Gradwell’s colourful compositions abstract from the familiar, juxtaposing the ‘real’ with the abstract to produce well-balanced fluid paintings. Instructional, grammatical lines help us to understand the rolling and fluctuating perspective beneath, separating and blending crisp, clear colours by controlling the speed and direction in which our eyes travel across the composition.

Gradwell’s instinctive process of accumulating sometimes disparate, yet talkative imagery enables him to communicate a real sense of exploration and investigation, a searching through a form of intense shorthand.

Gradwell’s painting can be enjoyed purely for their aesthetic beauty but I suspect that if I owned one of Andy’s paintings, the questions they raise by their unusual amalgamations of representational and abstracted forms would have me pleasantly thinking and staring for hours.

 

Ravello , evening light
Ravello , evening light
£ 490

Amalfi Coast Painting
Amalfi Coast Painting
£ 490