Sandy is 66 and has been painting for 45 years. For the last 22, he has lived with his family in Okehampton, Devon. He studied at Camberwell and the Royal Academy Schools.
ARTIST STATEMENT 2018
I paint imaginary scenes in oil and watercolour. My paintings develop from the random placement of shapes and colours on canvas but are refined by information I simultaneously gather in drawn and painted studies of the world around me.
Many of the pictures seem to tell a story but this is not deliberate. I wish rather to make a coherent arrangement of figures and situate them in an illusory space. The repeated inclusion of animals and part human creatures has grown from an inability to convey a feeling or idea in any other way.
My intention, and a paintings meaning, may not become clear to me until long after the picture is complete.
Although certain myths and fairy tales overlap with my own inner experiences, I haven’t drawn from one in particular.The richest source of inspiration has been my dreams.
Group 1974 Liverpool Medical Society
1977-78 Plymouth Art Society
1985 Camberwell students
South London Art Gallery.
1988 Royal Academy
1989 R.A. and Slade ex- students
1997 Ombersley Gallery
Solo 1995 Highgate Institute
1998 Plough Arts Centre,Torrington
2002 Warehouse exhibition,
Exeter Road Industrial estate
2016 Museum of Dartmoor life,
500 Terry Francois St. San Francisco, CA 94158