Andrew Gibson began painting from the time he could walk and he hasn’t stopped in 52 years. He received a National Higher Diploma Fine Arts cum laude in 1992 from Tswane University of Technology, and has lived and worked in Cape Town since 1995.
Andrew’s most recent exhibition was held in Franschhoek in 2016. Skadeloos explored the spaces between things by looking into the shadows; the result was a pensive, yet visually lively body of work serving as a precursor to his new body of work, The Gateway. The Gateway looks directly into the full spectrum of light to deliver vibrant, jubilant paintings.
While Andrew’s works blend in theme and style from one body into the next, the takeaway is that his work is always simply about paint. Andrew produces and shows a complete body of work at intervals of approximately two years.His work is expressive kaleidoscopic fragmentation of light that resonate with the the transition of the seasons and evokes delight in expressive landscapes of the imagination.
The Gateway: “Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will – whatever we may think. They flower spontaneously out of the demands of our natures – and the best of them lead us not only outwards in space, but inwards as well.” Lawrence Durrell, Bitter Lemons. Work on The Gateway took place between July 2016 and June 2018 and was inspired by two summer trips to the island of Bali in Indonesia.
“I happily spent days and weeks sketching, studying, and later contemplating all visible things light and shadowed. It was the relationship between colour, its spaces and dimensions that – seemingly random but often quite considered – inspired and drove me to complete this body of work, the aim of which is to achieve the vibrancy of beautiful things by simply using paint.”
Previous works 2010: Portraits and small bronzes 2012: Dozens 2014: Urban Landscapes 2016: Skadeloos