Andrea Coltman 

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“I don't know how to love a place...” Andrea Coltman


Andrea Coltman has always felt displaced. Belonging nowhere she is a nomadic observer drawn to capturing snapshots of transitional locations through painting.

Absorbed with the notion of places and spaces of constant change Andrea has considered the viewable environment and how that relates to Modernism, Geometry, Edges of Portraiture, Architecture, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. Her works question places of constant transformation drawing on her own movements, and journeys that intersect with passageways. There are connections yet there is disconnect revealing a state of flux, the crossing of physical and metaphorical boundaries, discovering places of transformation whilst moving between material, physical and emotional states.

Pigments are applied, reimagined situations and objects are often interrupted and decontextualized by the addition of minimal bright colours combining figuration and abstraction. Andrea responds to many ‘of the moment scenarios’ including:

the passer-by, the environment, linear forms, factual newspaper headlines, re-imagined captions as well as images from the tabloids.

She often edits, re-edits, duplicates, interprets and re-interprets the literal context. Repetition is frequently thematic alluding to the cyclical nature of her daily life. Precision is implied, imperfections arise and unexpected narratives unravel with dystopian overtones.  

Andrea reflects psychologically to the everyday overlooked instant or object. She is drawn to the ephemeral, the split second, a passage through a place or environment. Coltman is a rootless wonderer, a 21st Century Flâneuse.

Andrea is based in London and Kent.


What don't we know about you?

Ermmm what do you know about me?

Favourite Book?

Not an easy question either, too many to choose from!


Favourite Artist?

Impossible to answer I have respect and admiration for many artists.

Favourite Quotes?

“I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination. 

We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces.” – Do Ho Suh

What couldn't you live without?

My family, art and humour (scientifically speaking it would actually be oxygen, food and water!!!)


How do you keep the balance in life?

Optimism, green tea, yoga, two studio dogs and a large dose of humour.

I am an experienced Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the Fine Art industry. Skilled in Painting , Drawing, Process Driven Disciplines (including casting, welding, frame making, print making), Photoshop, InDesign, Art Education, Conceptual Art, Curation, Administration, and Project Management. Strong arts and design professional who recently completed a Master’s Degree focused in Fine Art from University of the Arts London.



2017 - MFA Fine Art, UAL, Wimbledon Art College, London     

2015 - Fine Art Professional Development Course, Tonbridge, Kent 

2013 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Honours, University of Kent

2012 - FDA Fine Art, Distinction, University of Greenwich, London



BTEC Diploma Graphic Design, College for the Distributive Trades, London

Life Drawing, Screen Printing & History of Art, St Martin's School of Art, London



2008 – Present 

Self-employed Artist/ Co-Director of Moving On By Design Ltd



Selected Group Shows

Upcoming Shows:


Meeting Room 1, Kensington, London             

Threads, Dundas Street, Glasgow

Threads, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London

LVA Gallery, Heathrow, Middlesex

TBC Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London



Play, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

SFSA Painting Open, No Format gallery, London

The Locale Annual Exhibition, Govanhill Baths, Glasgow

Evocativo, Art Gallery 37, Turin, Italy

Edge of the Ordinary, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London

Sluice Biennal, PIY Paintlounge in conjunction with Hospital Rooms, Arch 11 Bohemia Place, London

Threads, Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh

Signal to Noise, Curated by Charley Peters, Arbyte, Hackney Wick 

MFA Fine Art Degree Show, UAL Wimbledon College of Art, London

Threads, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London

Intersections, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks



Art Maze II, OXO Tower Wharf, London

SVAF Open ‘16, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

In the Shadows of a Subterranean River, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London

Peckham Open, Peckham Platform, London

Interventions, Lewisham Arthouse, London

Collaboration in Progress, Lewisham Arthouse, London 

Unleashed, Menier Gallery, London

1’, SUARTs Space, Chelsea School of Art



Art Maze, The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London

SVAF Open ’16, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

Improbable Truths, Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London 

In the Dock, Chatham Dockyard, Kent

Post, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent


CO3 Gallery launch, Colchester, Essex 

Dialogue iii, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent



SVAF Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

ZAP Open, ASC Studios, London  

XIII, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent



Artistic Licence, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent

Angels, Art Lab, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent            


Selected Group Shows cont…


Illustrating the Point, Topfoto Gallery, Edenbridge

Aspects of Ourselves, Lyons House, Tonbridge

SEOS Taster Exhibition, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

Unite, Topfoto Gallery, Edenbridge

Guardian Angels, Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, Maidstone



The Light, Wobblybridge Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

Boundaries, EVA Window Project, Edenbridge

Water, EVA Window Project, Edenbridge

SEOS Taster Exhibition, The Art Room, Ashford




Member of the following Artist Collectives:

Espacio Gallery, London

The Artists’ Pool, London

The Locale, Glasgow

L’Environ, London






Project Lead

Upcoming Project Lead:


2018 - CW New District Residency 2017, Canary Wharf, London 


2017 - CW New District Residency 2017, Canary Wharf, London 

2017 - Intersections, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2016 - Bank Street Residency 2016, Canary Wharf, London 



Interventions, Lewisham Arthouse. London                        

Bank Street Residency 2016, Canary Wharf

1’, Chelsea School of Art



Upcoming Residencies


The Locale, Glasgow

CW New District Residency – Project lead and participated


2017  - CW New District Residency – Project lead and participated

2016 - Bank Street Residency 2016, Canary Wharf, London - Project lead and participated




Upcoming Curation

2018 -  Meeting Room 1, London



MFA Fine Art Degree Show 2017, UAL Wimbledon College of Art, London

Intersections, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2016 - Interventions, Lewisham Arthouse



Telling Stories, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks (curation only)

Who Cares? Brook Street, Tonbridge




2017 - Professional Development Talk, West Kent College, Tonbridge, Kent

2016 - SVAF Artist Talk, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Kent


2016 - Marketing Internship for Park 16, Wimbledon

Honours and Awards


Shortlisted for the Tiffany Studio Makers Prize

Selected for Capsticks Exhibition, Wimbledon, London

Runner up Olympia Alice Award



Shortlisted Stage 2 John Moores Painting Prize

Selected by Gillian Carnegie, Ansul Krut, Phoebe Unwin, Ding Yi



Shortlisted for National Open Art, chosen by the following judges:  

Hughie O'Donoghue RA, David Lister, Rebecca Hossack, Vanessa Branson & Amanda Harman



2017 - CW New District Residency, Canary Wharf, London

2016 - Bank Street Residency, Canary Wharf, London

2014/1 - Visiting Artist at Four Elms Primary School, Four Elms, Kent


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