Andrew paints from observation and enjoys exploring ideas using a visual language that fuses Impressionism and Tonalism. Having been classically trained, draughtsmanship and the exploration of form remains at the centre of his artistic expression. The interpretation of tonal and colour relationships are of utmost importance in creating a sense of atmosphere, space and vitality. Tonal and colour variety is subordinated to the overall impression.
Working on a central idea, Andrew first considers composition and lighting before drawing directly with the brush in a loose manner across the whole canvas. Tonal and colour relationships are observed and interpreted as the paint layer is built up, often wet on wet. Working towards completion, paint applications are made with brushes and painting knives along or across the forms being described. Suggestions of detail and subtle nuances of tone and colour are left until last.
Andrew Hitchcock is based in Surrey and is classically trained, having studied Drawing and Painting from observation at the London Atelier of Representational Art (2009-13). Andrew also teaches Portrait Painting at the Art Academy in London Bridge.
Royal Society of British Artists 2017
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2014
Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2012
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2012