Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh is showing Andrew Cranston: Never a Joiner. Described as a ‘painter-storyteller’, Andrew was born in Hawick, trained at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, and has works in collections around the world. Not one to join movements or follow fashion, his paintings weave narratives, typically painted on the linen-bound covers of old books. The stories take shape as he paints, working instinctively, layering, lacquering, bleaching, collaging. They combine elements of his own life experience with memories and references to literature, art or film and have been compared to the intimate works of Vuillard and Bonnard.
This exhibition presents a new sequence of large-scale works as well as new ‘book cover’ paintings, and appropriately, a new publication devoted to these will be published to celebrate the exhibition, featuring Andrew’s commentaries on his works: a book launch to celebrate its release, including a signing and exhibition walk-through with Andrew, will be held as an Edinburgh Art Festival event on Saturday 19th August at 3pm.