Lot 473 - Andy Swani - Crocodile Continuation
Acrylic on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Andy Swani was born in Birmingham in 1964, he currently works as an artist, painter, decorator, muralist and printmaker, living in East London.
His work is a primal glorification of creation, expressing the wonder of the world, together with an awareness of its inevitable end.
Having had some success with traditional still-life painting, mostly of dead fish, which tempered the sensual delights of perception with reminders of mortality, Andy began making paintings in an overtly decorative way, using childlike, naïve representations of creatures and environments as a basis for a joyous and dread filled dialogue with History, Art and lived experience. Influences from around the world and the European premodern age were able to flood into his work, though still rooted in the European painting tradition of Giotto, Goya and Matisse. Examples of his new work were included in The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions of both 2021 & 2022. One of these works, a woodcut, ‘Crocodiles (Fuchsia on Yellow)’, is being used by The Royal Academy of Arts in its 2023 calendar.
1983 - 1986 - North East London Polytechnic - Ba Hons Fine Art
1982 - 1983 - Bournville School of Arts and Crafts - Arts Foundation Course
2022 - Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition
2021 - Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition
2013 - Burning Bright - Saatchi online - Hyatt Regency London
2003 - Really - Transition Gallery - London
-Sense and Sensibility - Transition Gallery London
2001 - Discerning Eye - Mall Gallery - London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
‘Wish You Were Here - Dinosaur Apocalypse’ – Based on an image developed in lockdown, when the precarious nature of our civilisation was made more palpable than usual, it was originally produced as a woodcut. To convey similar qualities to the gouging and cutting of a woodcut, a ‘scraperboard’ technique was used for this postcard. The surface was prepared by covering it with a layer of yellow ochre oil pastel which was then painted over with black Indian ink. The ink surface was then scraped and scratched with a toothpick to reveal the ochre beneath. Layers of fixative were then applied to stabilise the surface.
‘Crocodile Continuation’ -- Camouflage has been a recurring interest, adding another layer of ambiguity to the interplay between representation and coloured stuff on a surface. The represented object taking the ambiguity further – wave or crocodile? animal or foliage? ‘Crocodile Continuation’ is one of a series of works exploring the decorative and expressive possibilities of stylised crocodile and wave forms.
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