Michael Andrews, The Artist at Work is an archive exhibition that includes never previously seen source material. Original photographs by Bruce Bernard, Jorge Lewinsky and Snowdon, newspaper photographs, personal notes and drawings provide an intimate glimpse of the artist. It also includes the remaining paintings in the Artist's Estate.
When the great School of London painter Michael Andrews died fifteen years ago, he left behind fewer than two hundred paintings, but a rich archive of accompanying material: hundreds of pages of notes, a wealth of photographs and magazine cuttings, numerous works on paper from his formative early years in Norfolk and at the Slade School of Art, and just a handful of paintings. This material is now divided between Tate and the Estate of the Artist.
James Hyman Gallery, as representative of the Estate, is pleased to present some of this material for the first time to provide an insight into Michael Andrews's studio practice.
The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to view Michael Andrews's largest early painting, his celebrated mural for the Colony Room club in Soho, the quintessential School of London venue made famous by Francis Bacon and painter friends such as Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.
This exhibition is a taster for the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Michael Andrews, currently under preparation, which will make extensive use of this as yet unpublished archive.