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Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
195cm x 83cm
     
 
ANDREW MCATTEE  



Andrew McAttee is a modern British artist who's art is surreal and dreamlike and at times borders on a sensory assault. Hi work draws influence from a wide variety of sources including graffiti art, comic book graphics, pop art and abstract expressionism. "My work is in many ways is a reflection of my background both as a graffiti artist and a fine art student where I became increasingly interested in Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. During this period I was learning about art history, producing works on canvas and painting graffiti. I believe both elements of school and street have shaped my work in a manner that would not have been achieved if I would have simply studied at art school or if I only practiced as a graffiti artist. In part, the roots to my approach can be found in my graffiti past where I painted bright colourful optimistic graffiti in disused public spaces . In this setting my aim was to leave behind a graffiti painting that would shine and reach out to you among the debris and in doing so the message seemed to be, beauty is possible anywhere (but nowhere more importantly than in a place of decay) and in this context a form of visual alchemy had taken place. This has proved significant and has had a lasting influence on me when confronting the stark blank canvas very much in the same manner, with the intention of making something magical appear out of nothing."


 
 
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