Tower of Babel
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
Andrew Squire trained as an architect at Manchester University in the 1970s, where he was exposed simultaneously to the influences of classic Modernist design and the beginnings of the radical community architecture movement. This was to shape his development as an artist in the creative melting pot of 1980's Glasgow. His painting has evolved into a mature art which is rigorously structured in terms of colour and composition, whilst reflecting a wide range of concerns and interests, not least the many facets of sustainability and ecology. His close chromatic harmonies and expressive reduction to the essentials of each subject are underpinned by skilled draughtsmanship, and frequent visual wit.
The inspiration for these new paintings comes from the North Atlantic seaboard, primarily but not exclusively the highlands and islands of North West Scotland, where the surrounding space is as significant as that which it contains. That space is reflected in the composition of each piece, and in their simple, emblematic style which treads a poetic path between representation and modernist abstraction, with subject matter that ranges freely from the imperilled polar bears of the far north to introspective interiors of long winter nights.
NEXT SOLO EXHIBITION 26th April - 10th May 2020.