Artist of the Week | Andrew Field
April 18, 2018
Utilising the spontaneity and impulsivity of impressionistic painting, Andrew Field captures a bright, intuitive and emotive essence of his surroundings with the use of expressive colour, texture and mark-making.
"My paintings are personal responses to the outer world, inviting the viewer to travel and dream whilst exploring the physicality of the paint and surface." - Field
Andrew Field's art has been featured in Time Out Abu Dhabi, Concierge magazine, as well as The National and Gulf News.
With its rich history and
Abu Dhabi is a melting pot of artistic
inspiration. Concierge chats to three
local artists about capturing
the capital on canvas
Wo r d s b y
C a t h e r i n e L a n g l e y
Andrew Field is a British-born abstract landscape painter, whose work predominantly consists of renditions of Saadiyat and Yas Island beaches. “I moved to Abu Dhabi 10 years ago, but I have been visiting the capital since the early ’90s. While Abu Dhabi has a rich and varied landscape, I have always been drawn to the coast because I like the way the colours of the sand and the water marry together with the horizon. As a painter, my work servesto record places of natural beauty before they change through manmade processes. “Right now I’m working on a series focusing on the East Road Corniche. What attracts me to this spot is that it’s a part of the city, with the exception of the new Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, that has changed very little over the years. The only difference from my early visits is the skyline in the distance, which has obviously changed a lot over time. However, the mangroves and the sea channel leading towards the city have remained largely unaffected by its modernisation. “From a painter’s perspective, the best time of day to see the coast in all its beauty is at midday when the tide is shifting. You can see a whole spectrum of breathtaking colours from reds and violets through to blues and greens all merging together. I like to paint all year round but ideally when the weather is cooler, it is better because I can spend longer periods of time exposed to the elements. I still paint in June and July, although I do have to start earlier and can often be found out and about at 5am as the sun rises. Alternatively, I go out very late in the evening as the temperature is cooling. “If I get the chance, I would really like my next project to be Sir Bani Yas Island and other remote islands that are preserved. The only thing I dislike about painting on Yas Island is the continuous problem of littering. If more areas around Abu Dhabi were protected, this problem would start to disappear.”
Anna Seaman | May 18, 2014
It measures over seven metres long and it is painted entirely with tea leaves and Indian ink. Andrew Field completed The Silk Route, using tea leaves from India, Africa and China as a commission for the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to celebrate the fact that tea is one of the major traded commodities.
Soon, it will be on permanent display on the first floor lobby of the DMCC Almas Tower in Jumeriah Lake Towers.
These images show Field creating the painting from scratch over three months in his back garden. The full story will follow in The National’s Arts & Life section on Thursday.
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” PABLO PICASSO
Yesterday, I took my uncultured self along to a local art exhibition at my favourite hotel, The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr here in Abu Dhabi. I like art and I like exhibitions, but I don’t profess to know anything about it, so any artists or art lovers reading this, apologies in advance!
WHERE IS MY SHARK?
A journal by Capsule Arts