“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?
Not an easy question either, too many to choose from!
Impossible to answer I have respect and admiration for many artists.
“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
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
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
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
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