New-York based artist Andrew Cotton was born and raised in Northwest London. His formal art training included a foundation course in fine art painting at Central St. Martins Art School in London, and further fine art study at Brighton University. After spending a year and a half under the “instruction” of contemporary artists at Brighton, he became disillusioned by their opposition to alternative art forms as well as the lack of vocational training taught in university.
Convinced that the creative world could not provide necessary financial security, Andrew left art school and moved on to succeed in jobs in advertising and trading. It was during this window into the world of commerce that Andrew learned the dark realities of marketing and sales. Knowing he could do the 9-to-5, he decided to revisit the creative impulses that had remained persistent.
After moving to New York, Andrew returned to painting and began selling his work on the streets of Soho – an inspiring and challenging experience. The streets confirmed the wide appeal of Andrew’s work as he began receiving offers to do gallery shows, private commissions and work for commercial venues. Now represented by Jan Larsen Art, Andrew still returns to the street where he interacts with clients and gets constructive feedback.
Over the last three years, Andrew’s work has evolved from spray paint and complex stencil work to a cross-section of paint mediums to, most recently, exploring oxidation combined with hand-paced serigraphs. This medium was inspired by his recent collaborative show “Exploration in Oxidation.”
In using oxidation techniques and paint, which corrodes over time, Andrew’s current work reflects the ever-changing urban landscape which both celebrates and entraps the human spirit.