Paintings & Collages 3-26 June 2016
Still life is a recurring theme in Andrea’s work. Bowls and vases stand quietly alone. The objects are calm and serene, complex patterns and textures reveal simple forms.
Her new work is inspired by the ceramic collection at the V&A and ‘Paintings and Collages’ focuses on the tactile, hand-made ceramics, often made for domestic use. She is attracted to these objects because they are ephemeral and functional. She likes to find beauty in the ordinary. Andrea can be inspired by a vase of flowers on a friend’s table, a patterned quilt in a magazine, objects from her own house or garden. She collects shells and pebbles from day trips and holidays for reference. She records visual memories in sketch books, with notes to remind her of colours and sensations.
Andrea’s paintings are a journey. She can work on several pieces at a time. She excavates through layers of paint to reveal the ‘old’ paintings, and to recover textures underneath. Adding paint can provide structure and boundaries on the surface. The collage element is a new feature in her work. She has always composed paintings by collaging paper ‘designs’ onto her studio wall and using collage captures the spontaneity and immediacy of her creative process.
Andrea graduated from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, with a BA Honours Degree. She studied at Oxford University and she was a Primary School teacher for a number of years before devoting her life to painting. Andrea lives and works in London. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries across London and the UK. In 2014 a still life painting of hers was selected for the National Open Art Exhibition at Somerset House. Her work is held in private collections throughout the UK and abroad.
For more information and to contact Andrea directly visit her website andreahumphries.com
Works in the exhibition:
1 Theo’s Bowl (Round the corner in side window) Acrylic & pencil on board 39 x 37cm
2 Square Repeat (Black Rings): Mixed media on gesso 32 x 32cm
3 Wooden Bowl Acrylic on gesso 33 x 33cm
4 The Waitress’ Pasta Bowl Acrylic & charcoal on gesso 30 X 30cm
5 Morning Coffee Cup (Seaview series) Acrylic on gesso 30 X 30cm
6 Kitchen Table Mixed media on gesso 27 X 27cm
7 Still life (studio) Acrylic & mixed media on board 44 X 38cm
8 Flowers In a Vase Acrylic on board 37 x 45cm
9 Blue Vase Mixed media on board 42 x 39cm
10 Mrs Amey’s Music Lesson Mixed media on gesso 76 x 62cm
11 Still Life (Yellow & White) Mixed media on gesso 83 x 62cm
12 Linnie Mae Whitshank’s Sunday Afternoon Table Mixed media on board 79 x 53cm
13 Begonia with White Coffee Pot Acrylic on board 37 x 30cm
14 Cornish Cup Acrylic on gesso 25 x 25cm
15 Three Stacked Cups Acrylic on gesso 34 x 34cm
16 Vase of Flowers Mixed media on board 38 x 42cm
17 Grey Bottle Gesso panel 15 x 15cm
18 Out Walking Mixed media on gesso 30 x 27cm
19 White Cup and Bottle (Seaside series) Acrylic on gesso 28 x 26cm
20 A Green Hill in Cornwall Acrylic on gesso 26 x 30cm
21 After our Valency Valley Walk (Green still life) Mixed media on gesso 61 x 51cm
22 Flowers in the Bay, Boscastle (Seaside Dream): Mixed media on board 35 x 36cm