Andy Waite studied Graphics and Illustration at the West Sussex College of Art and Design 1974-77 and from then on became a freelance Graphic Designer and signwriter. He became a full time painter in the year of 1989.His landscapes draw from the tradition of the Romanticists whilst expressing an energy that is distinctly contemporary. These paintings immerse you in, and are a c...elebration of, the English landscape and all its elemental power. Their abstracted quality and emotive spontaneity mean they do not always reveal themselves immediately, asking you to return and discover something not at first seen, offering an ongoing dialogue that only slowly unfolds. Unspoken conversations playing out that embrace all the senses, and the imponderable nature of the earth beneath us and the sky above. Originally a landscape painter, Waite also experiments with the human figure - the artists portraits seem to reference historical icons with their colours, fragments of gold, halos and Christian symbolism. All this said they are not derived from religious figures. They are concerned with common emotion, the titles suggesting, on completion, their expressions will reveal their character. Graveyard statues angels seem to inspire some of the imagery and suggest a contemplative quality, emitting sadness or detachment, but the paintings bring the loss souls back to life.
Andy has exhibited in group shows nationally, dating back to the 1990's, and his most recent solo shows were in Arundel Contempoary, West Sussex, and Axle Arts in Bath, Somerset.
He has also recently been featured in Country Living, Hampshire Style and 25 Beautiful Homes.