A high realist style is characteristic of the work of artists who use egg tempera. The medium only allows the application of small amounts of pigment at any one time, building in layers of fine brush strokes over the traditional gesso ground. As with the paintings of the renaissance artists who used this medium, egg tempera produces a rare luminosity.
Andrew George is one such artist adept in using this medium. He paints the landscapes around his home in the Mendip hills of North Somerset, Dorset’s Coastline and the hills of Scotland. On first impression his paintings are finely detailed – they are incredibly well observed, often with each blade of grass given perfect realisation; and yet on closer inspection one notices passages of paint which are almost abstract, where the detail is more impressionistically suggested. Multiple perspectives lead the eye to a combination of vanishing points that provide a wonderful sense of space and distance.
Andrew seeks the sublime in a landscape; many are rugged and windswept. The uncomfortable feeling of standing too close to a cliff edge, or the barren quality of a hillside moor, give the paintings an exciting visual edge. (Geoffrey Bertram, 2010)
Attended Edinburgh College of Art 1970 – 74
2000 South West Arts, Exeter; Prizewinner
2000 and 09 Royal West of England Academy; Prizewinner
Fleming- Wyfold Art Foundation, London
Dorsey & Whitney, London
The Leicestershire Collection, The Sherrier Centre, Lutterworth