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Historical Artist - Michael Andrews (1928 - 1995)

Michael Andrews first studied at the Slade School of Art under Coldstream. His work remained unknown until an Arts Council exhibition in 1980, which bolstered his reputation. Several years later, he switched from emotional figure painting to large colorful landscapes depicting Ayers Rock in Australia.

Michael Andrews was born in Norwich, England. He completed his National service between 1947 and 1949, part of which he spent in Egypt. From 1949-53 he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under William Coldstream, Lucian Freud, William Townsend and Lawrence Gowing. In 1953 he spent six months in Italy after receiving a Rome Scholarship in Painting.

From 1958 he taught at the Slade and Chelsea School of Art. In 1959 his painting A Man Who Suddenly Fell Over was acquired by the Tate Gallery. In the 1960s he painted works showing parties; later, the "Lights" series presented views from the air. Andrews was much impressed by a visit to Ayers Rock in 1983, but the works he produced toward the end of his life are of scenes from Scotland and London. In 1981 he moved to the village of Saxlingham Nethergate in his home county of Norfolk.

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