‘Based in Derbyshire, and a frequent visitor to Cornwall, I find a huge amount of inspiration for my paintings from both of these places. I love the hustle and bustle of harbours and coastal life, as well as the rugged nature of the landscapes of Derbyshire and Cornwall.
‘With my work, I try to capture an essence of a place or situation as well as trying to simplify the form and colour of what I see. The images are invariably made using sketched ideas and references from memory or the work is developed instinctively. I am interested in the relationships made using colour and contrasts as well as the interplay of forms and gestural mark-making. Elements within a painting are based on fleeting images, imagination and experiences, which perhaps aren’t visually representative. If compared to a snapshot, but for me, encapsulate a particular slice of time.
‘My paintings undergo many additions, with building up of layers, scraping, scratching and re-working the surface to reveal textures and colour below before I would consider them ‘complete’ and finished.’
Andrew Bird studied Graphic Design at Sheffield and later Fine Art at Bradford. He found that using these different areas of discipline in his work useful to explore and simplify the visual content of his paintings.