Illustrated: 'Aleppo Street View' By Andrew Laird - An incredibly inspirational piece by the phenomenally talented artist Andrew Laird.
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The artist's statement:
I've always thought of artists as outsiders looking in. And I'm most certainly an outsider. I was brought up between two cultures, of East and West. I was even born at the dead of midnight between two days. I exist in the 'bit in the middle'. My preferred time of day is dusk, in half light. Artists are always living on the fringes of society. It's a perspective that allows us to 'see'. The fringes are what interests me as an artist. I have painted subjects ranging from Soho prostitutes to nocturnes of motorway bridges. Because these are the places where the human spirit is most evident. Where the human spirit meets nature, and in some instances where nature bites back.
I was trained by a Camberwell school painter and a student of Euan Uglow while I was a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. I was fortunate enough to have had an insight into a school of painting that spans from Auerbach, Bomberg through to Coldstream and Sickert. Although I paint subjects, these are a starting point for my love of painting and for the pattern of abstraction. Through abstraction I aim to embody the very human spirit I am trying to convey.
Andrew was brought up in Malta, Scotland and Germany and has travelled widely. In 2012 he volunteered in a natural disaster zone on an island in the Philippines, whereupon he witnessed first hand how great the human spirit can be when facing heartbreaking realities. His work depicts man made and natural disasters because he feels these 'theaters' are catalysts for acts of bravery, selflessness, hope and symbolise new beginnings for humanity. Parallelled to this is his exploration and love for 'plastic painting' and pattern. He investigates the fine balance that exists between the representational and abstract (sometimes his subjects are lost completely), clearly evident in his work, which push the boundaries into abstraction.