"Andrew Lansley's egg tempera landscapes show a distinct presence in the British tradition of draughtsmanly painting. Subjects and colours seek outer edges: a small boat abandoned in a sea of grasses; refulgent fields and trees ghostly under solar eclipse; last leaves wind shredded above richer browns of hillside ferns. Lansley's art opens painting to music's dimension of time."
Jerrold Northrop Moore - author of The Green Fuse: Pastoral Vision in English Art 1820-2000, and biographer of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and F.L Griggs.
Each of the artists included in my history of English visionary painting The Green Fuse, has contributed something distinguished to the tradition founded by Samuel Palmer and now entering its third century. Palmer's distinction from his own magister Blake was to take visionary drawing and painting to fill the landscapes of an entire career. The ongoing tradition has included the master of romantic etching F.L. Griggs, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Piper and the Ruralists. Had I been writing the book today, I would've made another chapter onwards to include the artwork of Andrew Lansley.
While still a student, Lansley discerned for himself Palmer's seldom noticed use of egg tempera to light a dark painting such as Coming from Evening Church with the glimpse of vision. And he, as much is any Palmer disciple over the centuries, has expanded the use of tempera to fill all his art.
Lansley writes of his discovery of a tempera painting in Palmer's art:
'His light and touch and feeling for atmosphere seems to describe more than just the objects and features of the landscape. I noticed that he uses transparency for laying colours over drawing... He was painting the stuff you cannot see - not dark matter, but light. The narrative is the correspondence between inner and outer worlds. This is what fascinates me...
'At about the same time I discover the work of David Tindall… featured in a TV programme… As soon as I saw him cracking the egg and talking about his process, I knew this was how I wanted to paint. He painted against the light so that the objects became very pale - often set against an open window with a gossamer net curtain floating in the ethereal opening.'
That led him to the tempera haunted painting of the American and Andrew Wyeth. Lansley concludes:
'Working with raw pigments gives the paint an authenticity that I find lacking in commercial oil or acrylic. The colours come direct from the earth they depict. There is nothing interfering with the colour. The egg yolk that go on that binds becomes invisible and does not blacken with age.'
He limits his colours to 'earth brown ochres and greens' with occasional help from half a dozen more. 'Layers of paint can be roughed in with big brushes and then refined over time, developing into skins of parallel or dancing marks. The translucency if the paint imitates the way need to build up its colours.'
With this in mind, one traces the excursion of Lansley's subjects from town through country holding the old house, farm machine or upturned boat in long grass within sight of water and storm towards abstraction. I greatly look forward to this young artist's enlarging journeys through earth and water and elements of lighter gravity."
Spring 2016, Jerrold Northrop Moore
Andrew Lansley’s works are executed in egg tempera and watercolour. His focus is on landscape, marine and architectural subjects.
Work is generated from a synthesis of momentary impulses based on memories and direct impressions of the landscape. The source of his inspiration is the creative spirit itself as it manifests in the fabric of nature and as such there is a conversation being had between inner and outer worlds as the work process evolves. Paintings are often conceived in a moment and then take time to unfold. In using raw pigments combined with a variety of mediums he achieves a direct connection to the elemental quality of landscape. Working in this way can be explosively fast and at other times meticulously analytical.
Andrew was born in 1963 and was educated at Kingswood School, Bath and later trained at Middlesex Polytechnic. He now lives and works in Bath.
Andrew is a member of the Bath Society of Artists. He won the 2016 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Award and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, RWA and numerous shows at the Mall Galleries, including the RI, RSMA, NEAC, RBA, Sunday Times Watercolour and Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.
He is also the owner of WalkAndDrawBath, which aims to facilitate others' creative process.
Through the vehicle of WalkAndDrawBath Andrew connects with a wide range of client groups and individuals. He hosts events and workshops with a variety of organisations, including Bath Artists Studios, Creativity Works, The American Museum and The Holburne Museum.
Andrew's commissioning clients include King & McGaw, John Lewis Partnership, The Royal United Hospital, Bath Building Society, The Roman Baths, Creativity Works, Bath Artists Studios, Homewood Park Spa Hotel and Kingswood Prep School.
Bath Society of Artists
2016 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Prize
2014 Bath Society Of Artists Rostra Exhibition Prize
2016 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2016 Trinity House, Mayfair, London (Solo Exhibition)
2016 Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, "West Country artists"
2016 Bath Society Of Artists 111th Open Exhibition.
2016 Hybrid Gallery, Honiton, Devon. "A Singular Vision"
2016 The Royal Watercolour Society Annual Open
2016 Bankside Gallery, London, Winner of the RWS Exhibitions Award.
2016 Royal Watercolour Society, Spring Show: 'Made In Colour', Bankside Gallery
2015 Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock - Seasonal mixed show
2015 Russell Gallery, London - Seasonal mixed show
2015 Quercus Gallery, Bath - Seasonal mixed show
2015 Black Swan Open, Frome
2015 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, Showing with Twenty Twenty Gallery
2015 Tanner & Lawson, Burnham Market
2015 Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
2015 Quercus Gallery, Bath - Late Summer Show
2015 Russell Gallery, London - Summer show
2015 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2015 Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock - Summer Show
2015 Bath Society Of Artists 110th Open Exhibition
2015 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Annual Exhibition
2014 Bath Artists Printmakers 30th Anniversary Show
2014 Wells International Contemporary Open
2014 Rostra Gallery, 'Five Etchers'. A group show with John Brunden, Kathleen Caddick, Phil Greenwood RE and Trevor Price
2014 Rostra Gallery, 'Made In Bath'
2014 Fringe Arts Bath Open
2014 Bath Artists' Charity Exhibition and Auction
2014 Lane House Arts. Mixed show celebrating the work of artists inspired by Bath's architecture and life
2014 Bath Society of Artists 109th Annual Exhibition. Winner of the Rostra Gallery Prize
2013 Royal West Of England Academy 161st Open
2013 Beings and Objects - a joint exhibition with Molly van der Weij at 44AD Gallery, Bath