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Andrew Hird studied under Ron Smoothey OBE and Frank Brown, both graduates of Slade, Camberwell and Goldsmiths colleges of art.
Painting all his life, he became a full time painter in 2015. Since then he has won the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Paint Live competition in 2015, the Artist Magazine Purchase prize at Patchings in 2016, plus the Great Art and Peoples’ Choice awards in 2017. He was also selected as a featured artist for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year series in 2019 and his painting of Gateshead Millennium Bridge was selected by the Royal Navy for their heritage room at HMS Calliope.
Andrew holds regular solo exhibitions in central London, and has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, Chelsea Art Society, Patchings Festival, and the Royal Society of Marine artists. His work is held in collections around the UK and as far afield as New York, Canada, and California.
An oil painter, much of his work is created directly from life starting with location sketches in pencil or paint. These plein air studies provide the working material for his studio paintings, always referring back to the inspiration of standing in the environment. Light, line and perspective provide the structure for much of his work. Whether it be the reflections in a rain-washed cityscape, the far reaching views and open skies of the English coast, or the warmth of an Italian landscape, Andrew paints to share his personal world and hopefully transmit some of the pleasure he finds in recording it.