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"Major Works by Michael Andrews"
2001-07-19 until 2001-10-07
UK United Kingdom
Michael Andrews (1928-1995) first became celebrated in the early 1960s for his series of
paintings recording his fascination with the party lifestyle of the bohemian world. He did
not exhibit widely during his lifetime, yet as his friend the painter Frank Auerbach
observed, he only ever painted masterpieces. This is the first comprehensive survey of
Andrewss entire career, with over ninety works on loan from public and private collections
in Europe, the USA and Australia.
The exhibition will present all Andrewss major works, including the party paintings,
among them The Deer Park, based on Norman Mailers 1957 exposť of Hollywood
morals of the same title, a number of his extraordinary series such as Lights from the
1970s, and the final, elegiac works depicting the River Thames, including the last of
these, on which Andrews was working at his death and which remained unfinished.
Michael Andrews studied at the Slade School of Art from 1949 to 1953 and lived variously
in Norfolk and London. He described painting as the most marvellous, elaborate way of
making up my mind and his mature vision is characterised by deliberation combined with
painstaking technical virtuosity and great depth of understanding of his subject. His
paintings of people explore human behaviour and relationships and mark Andrews as
one of the late twentieth centurys great painters of portraits and modern conversation
pieces. His landscapes go beyond mere description, touching on the individuals
relationship with his surroundings, and ideas concerning time, history and memory.