Andrew George

When the young Andrew George arrived at Edinburgh College of Art in 1970 the world of fine art was undergoing what some might have seen as a seismic shift. Traditional forms of the discipline were being challenged by installations of confrontational pieces exemplified that year by the palindromically titled “Strategy : Get Arts” exhibition held at the College in September of that year. Having negotiated the jets of water, broken chairs and Volkswagen van spewing sledges and survival kits, this young painter went inside to develop fine, and now rare, skills in egg tempera, which he has applied in a long career of landscape painting.

As part of his egg tempera work, George explores a variant on this technique using oil instead of water and referring to the medium as egg oil emulsion, the works of which are shown exclusively with Axle Arts. Deeply atmospheric and turbulent, these landscapes are not defined by geographical location but by more atmospheric references. They are particularly dramatic shown together as a collection, however each one also stands alone making a powerful and lasting statement about the power and permanence of the natural world. George mostly works these egg oil emulsions as small canvases - but these are big pictures in small frames, which draw the viewer in. It is hard to make a landscape stand out, but George's works are dramatic, finely detailed and textural.  Both the gentility and the brutality of nature are present here, demanding attention and engagement.

Andrew George is based in Somerset and draws inspiration from the surrounding countryside as well as Dorset and Scotland.  He is an artist who manages to make subject matter so familiar in the work of many painters, as distinctive and original as any of the installations he saw in Edinburgh all those years ago.

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    After the Storm - Andrew George

    After the Storm

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    The Knock - Andrew George

    The Knock

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    The Rocks Remain - Andrew George

    The Rocks Remain

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    The Ridge Walk - Andrew George

    The Ridge Walk

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £920

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    Into the Light - Andrew George

    Into the Light

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    34 x 30 cm (53 x 48 cm with frame)

    £920

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    On the Way - Andrew George

    On the Way

    egg oil emulsion on gesso board

    34 x 30 cm (53 x 48 cm with frame)

    £850

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    Lochs, Sea Lochs and the Sea - Andrew George

    Lochs, Sea Lochs and the Sea

    egg oil emulsion

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    Western Isles - Andrew George

    Western Isles

    egg oil emulsion

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    Sea Snow - Andrew George

    Sea Snow

    egg oil emulsion

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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    Cape Wrath - Andrew George

    Cape Wrath

    egg oil emulsion

    29 x 27 cm (47 x 45 cm with frame)

    £850

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