The centrepiece, more than any I have seen, showcases Andrew’s remarkable talent. Madonna & Child was painted for Andrew’s recent exhibition ‘Immortalise’ at Walsall Art Gallery in 2018. A magnificent portrait- contemporary, fresh, engaging and a dramatic study of beauty both internal and external. For me, it ranks as one of his finest works. Andrew has a special gift of revealing the essence of the person. In this piece he characterises the sitter as flawless, he explores an unconventional beauty, subtle and less obvious than the superficiality of our tabloid world, slightly androgynous and yet with great allure. In Redemption, this work anchors the whole where Andrew is not in the shadows supporting the principle artist but where he takes centre stage and shows his remarkable talent.
Lastly and why this works as the anchor piece like Spencerlayh nothing is placed by chance – the intense detail of the sitter’s watch means it catches your eye. A reminder that beauty is transient and this portrait offers some immortality to the sitter and the more so being in a public, large scale, setting. This simple truth reflects the design inspiration of Crown Wharf, hence a very fitting centrepiece of the commission.
The work will all be sited in the intimate dining room, the cabinet of curiosity’s which we outlined in part 3.
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