Andy is an award-winning artist with a strong interest in mental health and well-being. He is currently engaged in a project with the Institute of Mental Health creating a series of paintings based on people who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress. The focus is toward narratives and metaphors that show how people can grow and recover as a result of their experiences. This is his second project to receive funding from Arts Council England. Andy’s focus on mental health started during his recently completed Masters. He used this to explore his memories of growing up and the impact of his father’s bipolar condition on his and his family’s life. As he looked back it became clear that the strongest memories were of a feeling, rather than a precise, accurate recollection of place or situation. This is reflected in his paintings where he tries to capture those same emotions whilst also conveying a sense of time. Andy describes himself as a story teller. He likes the audience to wonder what may have happened, be happening or what might come to pass. Sometimes he starts with the elements of the narrative clearly mapped out in his mind, on other occasions the story develops iteratively. His work is a balancing act between the accidental and the envisaged. The result is a visual style, that incorporates layers and texture, and a creative process that embraces chance, whilst still having an underlying narrative. Andy loves to work on canvasses that are already embedded with texture or colour, these might be found canvasses or un-primed canvas that has accreted marks in the studio. He then combines these serendipitous elements with imagery, often derived from photographs. He uses a variety of medium; oil, acrylic, graphite and collage if they can contribute to the storytelling. Andy Farr is based in Warwickshire. He became a full-time artist in 2010 after spending the first part of his career in marketing and advertising. A serious illness and a damascene moment on the commute to London lead him to embark on a new direction. He was a winner in the 2018 Ashurst Emerging Artist competition.
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