Andrew Squire

'As an artist I've always been fascinated by birds and animals.  As an environmental activist I'm very aware of the climatic and ecological catastrophe we're leaving in our wake.

These latest paintings are a simple expression of love and respect for the natural world, focusing on just a handful of the millions of species with whom we co-exist.'

Andrew Squire trained as an architect at Manchester University in the 1970s, where he was exposed simultaneously to the influences of classic Modernist design and the beginnings of the radical community architecture movement. This was to shape his development as an artist in the creative melting pot of 1980's Glasgow.  His painting has evolved into a mature art which is rigorously structured in terms of colour and composition, whilst reflecting a wide range of concerns and interests, not least the many facets of sustainability and ecology. His close chromatic harmonies and expressive reduction to the essentials of each subject are underpinned by skilled draughtsmanship, and frequent visual wit.





1972-79      Manchester University School of Architecture

1983-84      Transmission Artists Collective, Glasgow

1982-84      ASSIST Architects Co-operative, Glasgow

1984-03      Key Housing Association, Glasgow


1995           Akureyri Arts Centre, Iceland

2001           Pouch Cove Foundation, St John's, Newfoundland

2002           Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu


1993           Gallery Gram, Aalborg, Denmark (solo)

2000           Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow (solo)

2001           Thompson's Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo)                 

2003           Thompson's Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo)

2005           Skypark, Glasgow (solo)

2007           Thompson's Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo)

2009           Thompson's Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo)

2011           Thompson's Gallery, Marlebone, London (solo)

2012            World Land Trust Gallery in association with Stafford Gallery

2013           Thompson's Gallery, Marlebone, London (solo)

2014            Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DQ


1986           Contemporary Art from Glasgow: Nürnberg, Germany

1987-91      Radical Scotland, Leeds Postcards, New Statesman: cartoons

1987           Open Circle, Glasgow: German touring exhibition

1990           Glasgow DC: Drawings on Buses

1992-99      RSA, RSW, RGI annual exhibitions

1995           Hunter & Squire, Artbank, Glasgow

1996-98      Grave Goods: Crawford Arts Centre touring exhibition

1997           Scotland on Sunday/Noble Grossart prize exhibition

1997           The Glenlivet Competition - winner (commission)

2000-01      Scotland House Exhibition, Brussels

2002           Club Med Competition - winner (commission)

2003           Courant d'Art Gallery, Paris

2003           Green Gallery, Munich

2004           Thompson’s Gallery,   London 2004    

2004           Baillie Gallery,   London

2004           Green Gallerie,   Munich

2004           Gallery Heinzel,   Aberdeen

2004           Galleri Excentrisk ,  Denmark

2005           Thompson’s Gallery,   Marylebone, London  (3 person)

2012          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2013          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2014          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2015          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2016          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2016          Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon (2 person)

2016          Thompson's Gallery, London (2 person)

2016          Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow (2 person)

2017          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2018          Scottish Exhibition of Painters,  Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2018          Solo Exhibition Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

As an artist I’ve always been drawn to the challenge of capturing the essentials of a subject as succinctly as possible. I have also long been fascinated by icons as symbolic images which represent not just the surface appearance of their subject, but also that which lies beyond.

Artists, like everyone else, have the choice of engaging with the big issues or not. Probably the biggest issue now facing the planet is global warming. We are already effectively too late to prevent a 20C increase. Unless we in the developed world take immediate and radical action, we will almost certainly be too late to prevent an even more catastrophic 40C increase.[1] Artwork won’t save the planet, but it can make a small contribution to changing our thinking, and one good place to start seems to be a celebration of biodiversity as a reminder that we are part of a system much bigger than ourselves.

Human willingness to pillage the environment probably hasn’t changed since we first emerged as a species, some 15 million years ago. What has changed, exponentially, is our comprehensive ability to wreck the eco-system, and our growing disconnection from natural rhythms and cycles. That is precisely why the World Land Trust is so important, as it works with local partners to conserve threatened land and protect wildlife habitats across the globe.

[1] Ref: Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre, Manchester


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