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b. 1969, United Kingdom

Andrew Cranston Biography

Cranston is a storyteller of sorts, without a clear story to tell. His work is seductive in terms of its use of narrative and humour, but it is the humour of Samuel Beckett or Buster Keaton, always touching on the strangeness and pathos of ordinary life. He draws on a variety of sources, in particular his own personal history; questioning the veracity of memory. This autobiographical activity is combined with passages culled from literature, anecdotes and jokes, second hand accounts, images from cinema and observations of life. Often working directly onto hardback book covers his work is not pre-conceived but emerges through the manipulation of materials - paint, varnish, collage - and the suggestions that this activity provokes, layering and re-working the images until something essential coalesces. As Liza Dimbleby has written in a recent essay "the images that are encouraged to surface are sometimes taboo; sex and solitude, death, nightmares - the ultimate questions, not without a sly humour." Cranston was born in Hawick in 1969 and currently lives and works in Glasgow.

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Ingleby will present a solo exhibition by Andrew Cranston in October of 2018.

Andrew Cranston Featured Artworks

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Wept for a day gone by by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonWept for a day gone by, 2021Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
26.1 x 19.1 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Keramic (an everyday intrusion of someone I didn’t like) by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonKeramic (an everyday intrusion of someone I didn’t like), 2021Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
21.6 x 29.3 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
When I called you last night from Glasgow by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Andrew CranstonWhen I called you last night from Glasgow, 2021Watercolour, pigment and gum Arabic on hardback book cover
21 x 13 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Living in the material world by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Andrew CranstonLiving in the material world, 2020Oil on hardback book cover
29 x 33.8 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Venison stew by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonVenison stew, 2020Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
29 x 22 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Why are you so silent? by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonWhy are you so silent?, 2020Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
34.3 x 22 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
I was there by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonI was there, 2020Distemper on bleached and dyed canvas
190 x 110 cm
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Starry night with Donkey ( August 1974) by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew CranstonStarry night with Donkey ( August 1974), 2020On canvas
225 x 160 cm
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Andrew Cranston Recent Exhibitions

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Andrew Cranston Represented By

Ingleby contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Edinburgh

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