Andrew Barrowman is an artist who works in the landscape, most often preferring to work en plein air (in the open air - on location).
He loves exploring ‘off the beaten track’ and always seeks out alternative views of familiar places.
Andrew records these landscapes by creating a number of sketches, using a variety of media, in his daily sketchbook.
These sketches are then used as unique references for his final paintings and drawings. Andrew is particularly interested in studies of light and perspective that reflect the subtle nuances of the changing landscape through the seasons.
He was elected a full member of the Pastel Society in June 2023 and an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in May 2023.
He exhibits regularly with RBSA in Birmingham, New English Art Club and the Pastel Society in London. His work is represented by galleries in Cornwall, Devon, Cotswolds, Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire.
In 2021 he won the Bowyer Drawing Prize at the New English Art Club annual exhibition and was Highly Commended at the RBSA Friends exhibition.
During 2020 and 2021 he painted the view from his studio window over 120 times - recording the changing landscape over this period. The resulting studies were made into his first published book:
‘Views from the studio window’.
Andrew teaches regularly at St Ives School of Painting and with Cornwall School of Art in Truro, as well as running workshops at his studio in Redruth.
Method of working:
Andrew uses a variety of dry media but favours charcoal. He enjoys the subtle tones that can be created by this wonderful medium. He works tonally and prefers to build up his drawings quickly and energetically with random mark making, without using lines that restrict the freedom to experiment. He then begins to define areas of the drawing by constantly removing and reapplying marks until the desired result is achieved.
Andrew was born in Stratford Upon Avon and studied Technical Illustration at Leamington Spa and Wildlife Illustration at Carmarthen College of Art. He worked in an advertising studio for several years before embarking on a career in illustration and then fine art.
He has lived in Cornwall for over 25 years and currently has his studio at Krowji, Redruth. Andrew exhibits regularly in London with Pastel Society, NEAC and RBA at the Mall Galleries and with RBSA in Birmingham.
Full Member Pastel Society
Associate Member Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2023 Elected Full Member of the Pastel Society
2023 Elected Associate Member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2021 Bowyer Drawing Prize - New English Art Club at Mall Galleries London
2021 RBSA Friends Highly Commended - Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2021 Best drawing on paper Pegasus Arts Award - South West Academy
2021 Awarded Mentoring grant by Cultivator to work with Simon Davis RBSA RP
2000 Artist in Residence at Mullion School, Cornwall
1996 Artist in Residence for National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llandeilo
1994 Student of the Year in HND Wildlife Illustration CCTA, Wales
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2022 ‘Into the Carrick Roads’ Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
2022 ‘Tale of 2 harbours’ Customs House Gallery, Porthleven, Cornwall
2021 ‘On the beach’ Customs House Gallery, Porthleven, Cornwall
2020 ‘Cornwall seascapes’ Customs House Gallery, Porthleven, Cornwall
2020 ‘Helford River landscapes’ Terrace Gallery, Penryn, Cornwall
2019 Customs House Gallery, Porthleven, Cornwall
2017 Old Lifeboat House, Porthleven
2001 The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall
2000 The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall
1998 Cox’s Yard Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Selected Group / Open exhibitions:
2023 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries London
2023 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries London
2023 ‘Candidates show’, RBSA Birmingham
2023 TALP competition, Patchings Art Gallery
2023 ‘Summer Show’, RBSA Birmingham
2023 ‘Small paintings show’ Gallery Top, Derbyshire
2023 ‘Coastline’ VK Gallery, Cambridgeshire
2022 ‘Imagine Falmouth’ Falmouth Art Gallery
2022 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries London
2022 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries London
2022 ‘RBSA Prize Exhibition’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
2022 ‘Colour & the shape’ exhibition of drawings, Gallery Holt, Norfolk
2022 ‘FRAG’ group show, The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Cornwall
2021 Royal Institute Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
2021 South West Academy Open Exhibition, Kennaway House Devon
2021 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
2021 Society of Graphic Fine Art. Mall Galleries, London
2021 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
2021 ‘Eyes on Lusty Glaze’ Salt Walls Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall
2021 ‘Coastal’ VK Gallery, St Ives Cambridgeshire
2020 ‘Autumn exhibition’, VK Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
2020 ‘RBSA Prize 2020’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
2020 ‘RBSA Open all media exhibition’, RBSA, Birmingham
2020 ‘Reflections’ South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Devon
2020 ‘Penwith Associates exhibition’, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2019 ‘Coastal Exhibition’, VK Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
2018 ‘Coastal Exhibition’, VK Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
2018 ‘Lizard Art little picture show’, Trelowarren, Cornwall
2017 ‘Open Exhibition’ Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
1987 ‘Birmingham Mail’ landscape painting exhibition, New Street Birmingham
1986 ‘Laing landscape painting competition’, Mall Galleries, London
1985 ‘Laing landscape painting competition’, Mall Galleries, London
2021 ‘Views from the studio window’ - Book of paintings by Andrew Barrowman
2019 ‘In the eyes of the artist’ My Cornwall
1998 Artists and Illustrators magazine article