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Self-taught artist and musician Andrew Kinsman sold his first piece of artwork when he was only twelve years old, and has since painted commissions for celebrities and royalty alike.

History and Background

Although he was drawn to art from a young age, Andrew decided to focus on music after his first major art exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath at the age of 21. 

A prodigious musician, he plays the saxaphone, clarinet, flute and piano. He has played and recorded with bands and singers including: Noel Gallagher, The Levellers, The Specials, and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals. He was also featured on the soundtrack of the film London Boulevard, starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. 

Prestigious clients include His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, American actress Elisabeth Moss, and celebrity chef Eric Lanlard. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Royal Mail to paint a series of eleven stamps to commemorate 150 years of Association Football. 

Ideas and Inspirations

After reading his parents' Great Artists book collection, Andrew found himself drawn to the works of the English Romantic painters John Constable and J.M.W Turner. Fascinated by the Pre-Raphaelites and Aesthetes of the 19th century, he also studied the use of symbolism and mythology, before turning his attention to the intense colour palettes of the Dutch Masters.

For his latest collection, Café Society, he moved to Paris. Like the 1961 Frédéric Dard novel, Bird in a Cage, that inspired his work, Andrew yearned to discover the encounters, mystery and intrigue that make the city so unique. 

He explains: "Like all of my previous work, I want to capture a snapshot of 'real life'. Paradoxically, most of my compositions are derived from my imagination, but they are no less 'real' to me."

From Palette to Picture

Being self-taught, Andrew feels unconstrained by subject matter and style, adding: "I no longer actually draw out the composition in great detail. Now I simply paint in a series of rough guidelines, outlining the figures before applying a quick first glaze of colour. Following this, I apply the final glaze to add more depth and detail to the work."

View Café Society here