Published: 15 April 2021
Andrew Tozer comes from a Cornish farming family and for as long as he can remember he loved being in the open air and being ensconced in nature. He spent hours roaming cliffs, beaches, woodland and creeks and was drawn to painting this backdrop, as well as being inspired by his mother who was also an artist. At the age of 19 he moved to London to study art at the University of Westminster and then went on to Central St. Martin's School of Art. Whilst being away in London he learnt to consolidate his love of painting en plein air featuring the Thames, Richmond and Kew and after moving back to Cornwall five years later in 1998 he quickly established a good reputation with many sell-out exhibitions with his beautiful and evocative landscapes and interiors.
In these times when travel has been so difficult it has been a challenge to visit artists in their studios and to see how they work and function, to spy on their working methods, be they ordered and precise or floundering in a state of utter chaos! Andrew is more the former than latter, and as you can see his talent has been passed down the line.
Andrew is a fan of painting 'plein air', sketching in the great outdoors, finishing smaller works in situ and upscaling larger works in the studio. In his studio works he strives to keep the spontaneity thereby maintaining his free flowing style that looks so deceptivly easy it most certainly isnt!
Seeing a work and its corresponding inspiration always facinates me, what is left in, what ends up on the cutting room floor, how colours are enhanced and glow and hinting at that brighter moment of sunshine now passed.
The subject matter he chooses and is attracted to has the ability to transport him to a magical place and he tends to paint things that hold strong memories for him; a picnic on a beautiful beach, a vase of fresh flowers arranged by his wife or watching a sunset at St Ives after a long day spent playing in the sea. He is inspired by artists such as Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall, Paul Maze, Winifred Nicholson and Henri Matisse. All have the ability to transport the viewer to a beautiful world transcending the harsher realities of this one. Their work seeks to evoke a feeling of content, to which they hope at some point to be able to return to. Andrew is keen to keep his paintings fresh and lively and keeps his colours bold and unfussed, the canvas free from being overworked.
Of course not every day in an artist's life is glorious sunshine, even in Cornwall!
Do visit our Andrew Tozer 'Impressions of Cornwall' exhibition and see how Andrew's brisk and natural style captures the beauty or Cornwall.