Primarily a figurative painter, for me, the process of making is as important as the outcome. The main concerns of my practice revolve around social observation. A fascination of personalities, and the many layers that make a person, underpins my work. I represent these layers metaphorically through my primary medium of oil. The question of ‘what lies beneath?' comes in to play. I often use photographic images as a source of reference.
Artists who work with photographic images form part of my research. These include Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans and Robert Longo. My inquiries are not limited to these artists. Yet, their approach and subject matter has given me a contextual and visual reference. William Hogarth, Martin Parr and Grayson Perry have also informed my work. These artists contextualise their work by way of a social commentary. This is a forum I admire but not one I have wholly adopted.
The threads of my work muse over societal issues. I regard myself as a social observer. I paint what I see, the ordinary and expected. My work currently investigates modern communication. I question our use of technology in the workplace, at home and whilst in public. I am captivated how globally we seem so dependent on technology. People appear so absorbed with communication through their devices. They are so connected yet sometimes so remote with others in the immediate vicinity. This question of how we are communicating fascinates me.
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Andrea Coltman lives and works in Knockholt, Kent. She studied at the College for the Distributive Trades and St Martins School of Art 1984 -1986; University of Greenwich 2010-2012; University of Kent 2012-2013 gaining First Class honours in BA(Hons) Fine Art and is currently studying at UAL in MFA Fine Art.
Her work has been shown in numerous group shows including Chelsea College of Art 2016; The Kaleidoscope Gallery Kent 2016; The Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf 2015; Embassy Tea Gallery London 2015; The Historic Dockyard Chatham 2015; CO3 Gallery Colchester 2014; ASC Studios New Cross 2013 and Maidstone Museum Kent 2012. Andrea was shortlisted for the National Open Art in 2015.