Andrew Litten

Andrew Litten (English, b. 1970)

Working with everything from gouache and oil paint to hair and screws, Andrew Litten paints and collages expressionistic, isolated figures and figurelike still lifes. No longer interested in the models or other source materials that he encountered in art school, Litten is stimulated by the many works in his studio and by the activity of art making—assembling, scoring texture into surfaces, and manipulating the material qualities of paint.

Litten was born in Aylesbury, England. At the age of sixteen, he began taking evening classes in life drawing. Later, studying illustration at Amersham College of Art led to a job at Ginn book publishing in Aylesbury. He lived in London in the 1990s and later moved to Oxford, where he worked as a photographic assistant.

Litten hit his stride when he moved, with his wife and two children, to Cornwall in 2001. Two galleries in Penzance, Cornwall, Dick the Dog and Goldfish Fine Art, frequently exhibit his work. Litten's work has also been featured in solo exhibitions in London, Dublin, and New York and in various group shows and art fairs. In 2010 his work was included in No Soul for Sale at the Tate Modern. Litten recently exhibited with Wilson Williams Gallery at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Source: Andera, Margaret, and Lisa Stone. "Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection". (Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2012), page 205.

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