Andrew Bartley is a Canadian artist based in Victoria, BC. His work is inspired by the realists of both the renaissance and twentieth century, this includes the subject matter; portraits and landscapes. He is compelled to create work that pleases his eye and spirit. He states “I am inspired by the standard of excellence of those artists who I admire, at the same time I want to come to my own conclusions.” He adds “I know a piece is good when I want to share it immediately with someone.”
After a long career as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator his artistic attention has been focused on fine art since 2012. “The lessons I learned from my design career regarding composition, colour balance, relative size, positive and negative space, eye movement (among other tools) have been directly transferable to producing a piece of art. The challenge was and is to produce consistent quality work."
Andrew started to show his work shortly after his first few pieces were done. Participation in juried local group shows included the Sooke Fine Art Show, Massey Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Coast Collective, the Xchanges Gallery and now for the first time Sydney Fine Art Show. In 2014 Andrew was awarded an Award of Excellence at the Sooke Fine Arts Show for his drawing “New York Girl.”
He embraced Plein Air painting during this time as well. “My wife (artist Faye Hoffman) and I cherish the experience. It combines our love for both the outdoors and art.” He adds “Painting or drawing from real life is a worthwhile endeavor. It is so very satisfying when I come to an understanding of what I see through strokes of color.”
And for the future? “Simply more. I am dedicated to learning my craft so as to produce exceptional works of art. I will be showing my work as much as I can; the long term goal is Gallery representation. I plan on Blogging regularly to share the journey.”
If you wish to commission Andrew to draw a personal portrait please go to the contact page.
GALLERY AND EXHIBITION
Coast Collective - 2013
Xchanges Gallery - 2013
Sooke Fine Art Show, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Paint In - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Massey Gallery - 2014, 2015, 2016
Sydney Fine Art Show - 2017
2014 - Award of Excellence, Sooke Fine Arts Show, for New York Girl, Graphite on frosted acetate.