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Artist Andrew Halliday brings the Enveloping Canopy to Red House Museum in Christchurch

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LYMINGTON artist Andrew Halliday is mounting a solo exhibition, the Enveloping Canopy, at Christchurch’s Red House Museum.

Inspired by daily walks in the New Forest, the showcase will be on display until Sunday 24th April.

It is the first time Andrew has exhibited there and it is his first major solo show.

Andrew Halliday
Andrew Halliday

After winning the Red House Museum’s Open Exhibition 2021 Manager’s Choice award, Andrew had less than a year to produce a collection of new artwork specially for this exhibition.

His main focus has been a wood at Dibden Purlieu, where he walks daily with his labradoodle, Bramble. A popular scenic spot for locals, the woods reveal the dynamic and often innovative lives of trees and their impact on the landscape.

Painting mostly in acrylic and oil, Andrew has also experimented with collage and mixed media drawings to record this resilient, local environment.

Andrew said: “My exhibition, the Enveloping Canopy, draws upon observations I have made as an artist within a local wood that is very special to me.

“I love to draw trees, losing myself in the branches above and the infinite tangle of life below. Many artists have taken inspiration for what nature has to offer, and for me this has certainly been the case over the last year.”

His work can be found in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Hong Kong, Japan and the Netherlands and he appeared as a heat finalist in the Sky Arts programme Landscape Artist of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

Andrew studied at Bournville School of Art before graduating with a BA honours degree in painting from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1991, later winning a placement as a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

He has taken inspiration from painters such as Edward Hopper, David Hockney and Giorgio Morandi and more recently the pre-Raphaelites, particularly John Ruskin’s drawings.

He now lives in Lymington and is a tutor to a small group of students and a qualified picture framer.

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