"I was blessed or cursed with having lived nearly all my life on the edge of a small mill-town in the Scottish borders." Andrew stresses that whilst the often romanticised Scottish landscape is an important element in his work, he is not willing to view it simply as a pastoral idyll. "Walk in the woods there and you will find dumped cars, old washing machines, dirty socks, TVs and dubious skull and crossboned containers."
Formally, his work tends to place action and detail around the edge of the painting, creating a centrifugal motion, and prizing a certain flatness over a large central focussed image. 'Sketchbook Studies' was gifted from the Alistair Salveson travel fund prize winner show, and is taken from Andrew's sketchbook works executed in Scandinavia.
Andrew Cranston was born in Hawick in 1969. After completing an Art Foundation course at Manchester Polytechnic, he graduated in 1993 with a BA in Fine Art from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and in 1996 an MA in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London.
His work has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions from Berlin to Banff. Of particular international acclaim, he has been recognised at the Hamish Morrison Galerie of Berlin, in a collaboration titled 'Poster Show' at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York, and 'Interieur' at the Ute Parduhn Gallery in Dusseldorf.
Closer to home, Andrew Cranston has had exhibitions throughout Britain in the last two decades at the Long and Ryle Art International and Barbican Centre in London, the Royal Scottish Academy, Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh College of, as well as the Glasgow Project Room. He currently lectures in Painting at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.