Andrew Allanson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Andrew attended Wakefield School of Art where he studied Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking and Art History. After a move from Yorkshire to Wiltshire, Andrew's studies continued, with the addition of Graphic Design, 3D Design, Photography and Illustration. Andrew has worked for many years in the Advertising and Design business employing his skills as a designer, illustrator and director of photography.
For Andrew, Fine Art and painting in particular have always been a passion, and the use of traditional materials a real pleasure. He enjoys painting many different subjects, including still life, architecture and landscapes. Water and its light reflecting qualities often feature in his images from around his home in north Wiltshire, to more distant locations around the British Isles and Europe. Andrew works mainly in Oils or Acrylic, and is influenced by the effects of light and atmosphere. Colour naturally plays in important part in Andrew's work which often demonstrate a strong sense of design in the way they are composed. He employs a wide range painting methods and techniques, and often adjusts his working 'style' to suit the mood and atmosphere of a particular subject or scene. Sculpture and Ceramics are also part of Andrew's portfolio. He enjoys working in 3D, and produces both thrown and hand built ceramic pieces and also sculpture in stone and cold cast Bronze.
Andrew is a member of The Fosseway Artists and his work has been exhibited at the following galleries:
The Wonderwall Gallery, Cirencester, Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, The D'arcy Gallery, Burlington Contemporary Art and Gallery 12 Cheltenham, The Fowey River Gallery, Whistler's Gallery, Lechlade, Priory Gallery Broadway, Compton Cassey Gallery, The Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, The Great Atlantic, Monmouth. The Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge.The Harbour Gallery Portscatho, EDS Gallery Edinburgh, The Dart Gallery, Dartmouth, The Ytene Gallery, Brockenhurst, Craft Renaissance, Usk, Create Cornwall, Bedruthan.White Sails Gallery, Dartmouth.N.E.C. Birmingham, The Windsor Contemporary art Fair and Olympia London. Andrew has work in collections in the U.K. and abroad, including; France, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.