Andrew Burns Colwill Sketches Exhibition
24th July - 9th September
Incorporating small sculptures of gold false teeth and sunglasses, Andrew Burns Colwill’s work is taking a new surreal turn in his latest show, SketcheS. Exhibiting from 24 July – 9 September at Bocabar Bristol, the unique show will display a collection of his latest works together.
“It is a great opportunity to show some new work and give people an insight into the process of how I produce my pieces.”
Andrew is one of the original Bristol street artists predating Banksy by some years. “I was painting on walls when you could only buy spray paint in garages.” But with no spray can in sight he is known for his classical soak stain technique with all his work done with brushes and rollers. Andrew is probably best known for his critically acclaimed Artic Scream from last year’s Upfest. “I was humbled by people’s reaction to my work last year. People loved it , and it had the reaction I wanted.”
Environmental concerns have been a running theme in Andrew’s work. ”When Donald Trump got into power and Theresa May and the whole Brexit thing started I thought ‘I can’t live in the way this world is going’, I didn’t really want to put any political viewpoints across but what I did want to do was to say something about making the planet as safe as possible for our grandchildren.”
Andrew’s most recent private commission ‘Easton’ in Devon Road received much acclaim by the community and street art enthusiasts alike. “It was a big piece to do, but even I didn’t know what it would look like when the scaffolding came down. We were all pleased that it worked”. The commissioner of the wall wanted to celebrate the community in Easton and she was inspired by the Grand Iftar Street Celebrations in St Mark’s Road earlier in the year. “It is about people breaking bread together, having conversations and living together with very little trouble.”
SketcheS will be exhibiting from Tuesday 24 July though to 9 September.
Where: The Boccabar, Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3EH