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b. 1969, United Kingdom

Andrew Cranston Biography

Merging his own personal history with anecdotes, jokes, and literature, Andrew Cranston's canvases are filled with figurative vignettes of dappled, dreamlike scenes that grapple with the strangeness of ordinary life.

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Early Years

Born in Hawick, Scotland, Cranston completed his BFA in Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen in 1993 before receiving his MFA in Painting from London's Royal Academy of Arts in 1996.

Andrew Cranston Artworks

Andrew Cranston's paintings draw from a variety of sources, merging his own personal history with anecdotes and jokes, passages from literature, secondary accounts, and observations from ordinary life.

A recurring theme in Cranston's work is the representation of rooms that have been conjured up in works of literature. Notably, his two-panel work Illustration for Franz Kafka story (2nd version) (2007) depicts the bedroom of the hapless travelling salesman, Gregor Samsa, from Kafka's novel The Metamorphosis (1915).

Technique

A sense of surrealism is achieved through Cranston's repetitive layering of pigments, for which he often uses hardback book covers as his support, resulting in beautiful vignettes of dappled dreamlike scenes.

Incorporating both rough and scored oil paint alongside smoothed layers of thick varnish, Cranston offers viewers a glimpse at the lower layers of his paintings, allowing a variety of colour and texture to seep through to the surface.

This densely textured, dappled effect in works such as Deja vu and Waiting for the Bell (both 2021) recalls the patterned figurative scenes of Post-Impressionists such as Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

In 2014, Cranston was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Painting by the Royal Scottish Academy.

Exhibitions

Andrew Cranston's solo exhibitions include Waiting for the Bell, Karma, New York (2021); But the dream had no sound, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2018); If I were a carpenter and other stories, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London (2017); Andrew Cranston: Paintings from a Room, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2016); Book Launch: Who is this who is coming?, Rob Tufnell, London (2015); Who is this who is coming?, Display Gallery, London (2014); What to do after a death in Scotland, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin (2013); Im Büro, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin (2010); and Stoorsooker, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2000), among others.

Cranston's group exhibitions include Faces in the Water, Ingleby at Cromwell Place, London (2021); On Leaving, Modern Art, London (2021); Dear John, Adams and Ollman, Portland (2021); HOME, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2020); (Nothing but) Flowers, Karma, New York (2020); Painters Beach Club: Telescope, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2019); TWENTY, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2018); Outside, Karma, New York (2016); Between the Late and Early, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2013); Dorian Gray, Second Guest Projects and Ana Christea Gallery, New York (2012), among others.

Cranston's works have been collected by museums and public collections worldwide, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Unilever Collection, London; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, among others.

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Cranston's Instagram account can be found here.

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Partick Heron by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew Cranston Partick Heron, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
90.2 x 65.3 cm
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First flame by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew Cranston First flame, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
85 x 50.1 cm
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Missing persons by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew Cranston Missing persons, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
70.3 x 60.1 cm
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Armchair traveller by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew Cranston Armchair traveller, 2023 Oil and varnish on hardback bookcover
18.8 x 14 cm
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Classroom by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting
Andrew Cranston Classroom, 2023 Distemper on canvas
213.8 x 183.9 cm
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(Attempt to remember) the 16th at Hawick by Andrew Cranston contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Andrew Cranston (Attempt to remember) the 16th at Hawick, 2023 Oil and varnish on hardback book
22.2 x 13.9 cm
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