the biography
Andrew Sinclair (born 1975) is a notable Scottish figurative painter and gallery owner based in the remote West Highlands of Scotland.  After gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (drawing and painting) from Duncan of Jordanstone, Andrew  has been receiving much recognition for his style of painting, exhibiting across the UK and generating an impressive following, which include the likes of TRH Duchess and Duke of Rothesay.

Andrew's work is noted for its confident portrayal of the human form. Over the years he has perfected his distinctive style of painting by combining a number of techniques and influences.  His palette of rich, earthy reds and oranges are similar to that of the sixteenth century Venetian movement, while his depiction of light adopts  the traditional method of 'chiaroscuro', a style of painting employed by the likes of Velasquez and Rembrandt that involves using strong contrasting tones to create volume and atmosphere. Andrew, although quite traditional in his approach to painting, is quite expressive, working in the manner of 'alla prima'.
The west coast painter gathers inspiration from the wide variety of cultures and characters he encounters both locally and abroad. Some of his work depicts his time spent in the Middle East and Africa but much of his work portrays the evanescence of West Highland community.

In 2004, Andrew founded Resipole Studios at his remote home in Scotland's Ardnamurchan.  Having recognised the lack of resources and support available to artists living in his home area, Andrew put into operation  a two year restoration project, converting an old byre into a multi-functional art space. Since its launch, Resipole Studios has received much acclaim and won a number of awards including the Creative Industries Sector Award and a 4 star arts venue rating from Visit Scotland. Every year it excels in offering a varied programme of multi disciplinary shows and exhibitions and has helped to sustain the area's vibrant art community, providing resident artists with access to high quality resources and giving local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Resipole's gallery space.

Andrew is currently working on a series of oil paintings that dramatises local artisans in their work place. His work is regularly shown in galleries across the UK.

Andrew Sinclair
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