ANDREW FARMER BORN ROI (Born 1985)
On a dreary January day we travelled North to Doncaster up the A1 to visit our lovely new young artist Andrew Farmer who we first came across at the Cambridge Art Fair. Andrew greeted us with the exciting news that he had just been elected an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters which means he can now put the letters after his name!!
He lives with his beautiful wife and two small children in a lovely area of Doncaster not far from a Cusworth Hall Park and where he often paints ‘en plein air’. His studio is at the bottom of his garden – created by Andrew it has a fully glazed end that fills the area with light. Inside the studio is piled high with his work – we found there was so much to choose from! Therefore, he does not have much space to work. Andrew frames his own work – so he has all the mouldings and the framing paraphernalia which take up more space in his studio!!
Andrew in his studio – January 2019
Andrew paints almost always from life …. however, sketchbooks play an important role in his creative practice. Drawings serve as a vehicle to solve problems within his paintings, explore new subjects or simply to practice with no end in mind.
“I think it’s such an important thing to keep on searching and experimenting and sketchbooks offer me a place to do this, spontaneously and on a variety of scales and formats.”
Andrew’s work is heavily rooted in observation – he thrives on the act of looking, analysing and trying to understand the world around him.
He likes to paint everyday life, primarily in oils. He derives great inspiration from his young family, they feature heavily in his work – playing in the garden, feeding the ducks and swans. All painted with love and tenderness in an exquisite soft style with a very delicate palette.
“I’m a strong believer in tapping into my locality for inspiration, to the point of permanently setting up my equipment in the garden. In this way I’m always ready to work directly from highly personal family scenes in the warmer months. It also enables me to experiment on a much larger scale than usual.”
The Magician, oil on panel, 50 x 40, £650 – painted in the garden – blowing bubbles!
Study of a boy, Oil on panel, signed verso, 12 x 10in, 31 x 26cm, £450
Light on the Pond, oil on panel, signed verso, 24 x 32in, 61 x 82cm, £1,600 – painted at Cusworth Hall Park
Feeding the Ducks, oil on panel, signed, 18 x 24in, 46 x 61cm, £995 also painted at Cusworth Hall Park
As well as the domestic subjects Andrew paints landscapes and cityscapes – he can often be found with his easel in the streets of Doncaster. See below his painting of Chequer Road … the soft palette is interspersed with dots of red to catch the eye.
- 1st Prize, Winsor and Newton Award For Painting, ROI, Mall Galleries, 2018
- Paint Out Norwich, Judges Commendation, 2018
- 2nd Place (£1000) ‘Create Longridge’ Art event, Londgridge, Lancashire. 2018
- 1st place (Best in show). The New Fringe Open Exhibition. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery 2018
- Shortlisted for the Haworth Northern Landscape Award, NEAC Mall Galleries 2016.
- Shortlisted for the Contemporary Portrait Prize, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2016
- The Windsor and Newton Award for Oil Painting. Awarded by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, annual show in 2015
- Richard Ford Award, Prado Residency, Madrid, Spain (2009) Awarded by The Prince’s Drawing School, London (Now the Royal School of drawing)
Major Public Commission
- Commissioned by the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust, ‘The Edlington Collier’ Unveiled 2012
- This is my first major public commission which is now on permanent display at the Yorkshire Main Community Centre in Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Andrew Farmer, Windsor & Newton ‘Young Artist Award’ First Prize 2018
“I love to paint the ordinary – elevating simple subjects that will cause the viewer to take more notice of the many wonderful and beautiful things surrounding us daily.”
Andrew Farmer, The Bug, oil on panel, signed verso, 81 x 60cm, £1,400