Andrew Wykes was born in the UK just outside of London. He studied at Richmond upon Thames College as well as Epsom School of Art and Design, where he received his undergraduate qualifications in fine art. His graduate studies were completed at American University, in Washington, DC where he received his MFA in painting. He has taught art for thirty years in schools and universities in the UK, Belgium and the US. Andrew has shown his work nationally and internationally including London and in New York. He was a 2010,2013 and 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant and in 2009 he was awarded a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Mayo, Ireland. He is currently a Professor of Painting at Hamline University in St Paul. Andrew lives in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.
His work is represented by the Groveland Gallery Minneapolis and the Water Street Gallery, Michigan http://www.grovelandgallery.comhttp://vimeo.com/40159156Artist Statement:
In my current paintings, the premise is to make a balanced dialog between the intellectual and emotional. I paint the geography of where I find myself, in the United States or overseas in Britain, Ireland and recently, Jamaica. These places are eclectic and dont always have any deep affinity for me, yet there is a bond
these works were made on site and in the studio. The medium I work with varies oil, acrylic, tempera and collage. However, the goal is always the same: to make an equivalent and authentic response to the places I have experienced, and to then translate that experience of the three-dimensional landscape to the flat surface of my paintings.