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Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe is a self-taught artist, whose work is supported by Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a Community Arts Centre in Grey Lynn, Auckland providing studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness. 

Andrew has described his work as an ongoing search for “harmony”. His works are characterised by his layered mark-making and repetitive use of symbols; the building up of patterns creates an energetic and mesmerising effect. 

Andrew is represented by Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland, and has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows both nationally and internationally. His work is well represented in the Chartwell Collection.

Painting

“I am getting worse with every letter.

So hard to work with the borders and edges of the paper. Trying to make the right row of the simple word NO, to patch up the work as I go instead of painting an elusive pure vision. I try to beautify my beasts; I have them still though I am searching for answers to my silliness, to be a better man, to paint beautiful works.

I try to remember how to be polite when I walk through groups of people. My effort to improve feels like taking the pit out of an apricot and not hurting myself, though I am sorry to interfere, sensing that somehow I am still in danger, and it’s my fault.

Things can go wrong here, sometimes I seek warmth from people though I choose to be celibate. I do enjoy the company of others in this wonderful art space.

I’ll try not to get too close.”

Andrew Blythe, 2009

Related Links

www.toiora.org.nz
www.timmelville.com

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: acrylic on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: charcoal on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: graphite on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: Indian ink on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: acrylic on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: Indian ink on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: acrylic on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: Indian ink on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: Indian ink on paper

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Artist: Andrew Blythe
Medium: acrylic on paper