Andrew Szczech

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Constraint, 2020, oil on canvas and 2mm mild steel, 205 cm x 270 cm

In search of the sublime, I’m a painter who acts as a mediator between conscious actions and the activity of material. On a metaphorical level, I focus on the investigation of systems and structures and their symbiotic relationship with those existing within them.

Incompatible materials are routinely used that squabble with each other to achieve supremacy. Traditional artists’ materials such as linen, canvas, graphite and oil paints are contrasted against industrial materials including steel, girders and aluminium. 

Ghost, 2020, oil on canvas, 205 cm x 135 cm

Net, 2020, oil on canvas and welded steel, 205 cm x 135 cm and 205 cm x 8 cm x 8 cm

Constantly evolving, ghosts of earlier images are frequently reused as recurring motifs. Palettes range from the neon intensity of colours used in the construction industry to those used in a restrained Gwen John portrait. Netting, belt sanders and other heavy duty equipment are employed in order both to avoid habituation and so that their indexical marks are embedded within the surface itself.

Net2, 2020, drawing ink on watercolour paper, 19 cm x 14 cm

Sewer, 2020, drawing ink on watercolour paper, 22 cm x 13.5 cm

Stripes, 2020, oil on canvas, 205 cm x 135 cm

Structure, 2020, metal channelling and oil on canvas, copper and aluminium, Variable

System, 2020, oil and graphite powder on canvas and 1mm mild steel, 88 cm x 125 cm