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Andie Clay SWA

Andie Clay SWA was trained as a graphic designer in London where she worked for many years on a variety of different publications. Now relocated to west Wales, living on the edge of the coast, she works away at her passion - painting. Her work is vibrant, beautifully executed and increasingly in demand. She was commissioned in 2012 to be the artist for Young Voices and she has attended many rehearsals drawing and painting the musicians and the sound of music.

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Framed Mixed Media on Paper
59.5 x 59.5cms
£695.00 not including shipping


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Framed Mixed Media on Paper
50.5 x 50.5cms
£695.00not including shipping


Hieracrchy

Framed Mixed Media on Paper
50.5 x 50.5cms
£695.00 not including shipping

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Andie Clay SWA

Andie Clay graduated from the London College of Printing with a BA Honours in Graphic Design and worked as a graphic designer before a move to rural west Wales in 1983 brought a change of direction. Since 1989 she has concentrated on painting full time The strong sense of living on the edge, close to earth’s energies and cycles of ebb and flow has informed her work for more than 20 years.

Andie explores her chosen subject through making drawings on location, striving to capture the essence of the subject. Back in her studio she develops and distils the ideas into finished pieces, often working in series. Her favoured methods use acrylic, pastel, ink, graphite and mixed media. Strong expressive use of colour and energetic mark making are vitally important to her, as is her continued practice of drawing which is essential to keep her hand and eye singing in tune.

Her work has been featured in many exhibitions, both as a solo artist and also as part of a group. She regularly appears in articles in magazines, newspapers and books as well as on television arts programmes. Her work is to be found in the Government Art Collection, and in the personal collection of First Minister, Rhodri Morgan AM. A painting was also purchased by the Arts Council of Wales. In 2013 Andie was admitted as a Member of the Society of Women Artists having won the St Cuthbert Mill Prize at the Society’s Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in July 2011. She has been working with Young Voices to paint musicians and singers. She won the Judges’ Prize at Artsfest Fishguard, 2009; Derwent Pastel Prize, Artsfest Fishguard, 2008; the Oppenhein-John Downes Memorial Award – bronze casting 2007. Andie has also been involved as either the curator or co-curator for a wide variety of exhibitions including the Royal Academy Outreach Life Drawing; Cardigan Open Studios and the NGS Millennium Art of the Garden at UCW Lampeter.

Living in a historic traditional Welsh farmhouse complete with studio and gallery having picturesque views over Cardigan Bay to the mountains of North Wales and the Lleyn peninsular has had a great influence on Andie’s work. “To be part of the landscape, with exposure to the elements on a daily basis, whether the rain is beating down almost horizontally or the sun is choosing to beam down, is a huge part of the experiences that feed into my pieces.

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