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Andrew Allanson

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I attended Wakefield School of Art in the early 70’s where I took a fine art foundation course. After a move from Yorkshire to Wiltshire with my family, my studies continued for four more years with the addition of Graphic Design, 3D Design, Photography and Illustration. I worked for many years as a ‘creative’ in the Art and Design industry as a designer, illustrator and director of photography. I ran my own business producing both analogue and digital advertising images for international companies, such as Mitsubishi, Intel, Nationwide, Fujifilm and Pentax among others.

For me, Fine Art, painting and sculpture in particular, have always been a passion, and the use of traditional materials a real pleasure. I enjoy working in both 2 and 3 dimensions. The opportunity to share a ceramics studio some years ago finally brought me full circle and back to my roots. I have now been a full time artist and sculptor for around 15 years.  I have produced work in Soapstone, Serpentine, and Ceramic media creating one off pieces. More recently I have been exploring the possibilities offered by modern materials such as metallized resins and Jesmonite. This makes it possible to produce pieces as limited editions and to explore alterations of surface texture and colour. In this way each work can in effect be unique. 

My subjects are often animal forms, or figures, these being semi-abstract. I enjoy the freedom to create and develop my own  interpretations and the challenge of capturing the essence of a subject. My work is particularly tactile and focuses on the transitions of line, surface and plane, often with with textured or polished accents. The metal rich surfaces of my cast pieces often include bronze, iron, or aluminium. This offers further scope for patination and oxidation effects. My working process often starts with drawing, then a clay or plaster maquette. Once a form is fully developed, a multi-piece mould is made of the full size original, which can then be cast. Each piece is hand finished and often given individual characteristics during this process. I personally undertake all stages of the work from concept to patination. Stylistic influences come from many directions. These include British Modernists, like Moore and Hepworth, to ancient cultures such as Aztec and Olmec art and also Inuit carvings.