I stumbled across Andrew Hood’s work whilst visiting the artist Dan Parry Jones at his studio in Bristol. Jamaica Studios is a vast cavernous building, buzzing with life and artists working in a wide range of media. Andrew’s work immediately caught my eye, as being both very original and full of energy. His style hovers between the abstract and figurative, an interesting zone if you can conquer it.

 

Andrew Hood was born in 1964 and brought up in Edinburgh until his family settled in Cheshire. Initially he worked as a graphic designer until he returned to college to study for a degree in illustration at John Moore's University.

 

As a student he won the Gorstella Award for Fine Art and the Liverpool Life Painting Open. On graduating he was asked to participate in a group show at the Gorstella Gallery, Chester, and since has worked as a fulltime artist, though he still accepts commissions as an illustrator.

 

Andrew makes several trips abroad each year to gather reference for his painting. Recent journeys have taken him to Tuscany, the South of France, Morocco and Croatia. Whilst he enjoys working abroad, he often looks for the beauty within our own diverse and engaging landscape, taking inspiration from the Scottish Highlands to the rugged Cornish coastline in particular.

 

Andrew's work has regularly been accepted for the RWA Autumn Show, and this year was selected to show in the RHA annual exhibition. He is an annual exhibitor at the London Art Fair, at Art Holland, and has recently exhibited at the Oriel Gallery, Ireland, Beaux Arts, Bath and the Weifhaus Gallery near Eindhoven.