Andrew Hood lives and works in Bristol having attended the Liverpool John Moores University from 1992-1993 as a mature student after finishing a foundation Course in Art and Design at Stockport College of Higher Education in 1992. In 1995, as a student Andrew won the Gorstella Award for Fine Art and the Liverpool life painting open. On graduating he was asked to participate in a group show at the Gorstella Gallery, Chester and has mainly worked as a fine artist since, exhibiting with the Gallery many times.
Andrew is now a full-time painter based in Bristol.
Andrew makes several trips abroad each year to gather reference for his painting. Recent journeys have taken him to Tuscany, the South of France, Morocco and Croatia. Whilst he enjoys working abroad he often looks for beauty within our own diverse and engaging landscape from the Scottish Highlands to the rugged Cornish coastline.
His inspiration comes, he says “from places I have visited recently and places I can recall from long ago, if only as a fleeting memory. I try and portray a street or city using location sketches as reference whilst attempting to scratch beneath the surface of an everyday scene”.
Andrew’s work has regularly been accepted for the RWA (Royal West of England Academy) Autumn Show and South West Academy annual exhibitions. He is an annual exhibitor at the London Art Fair, Art Holland and has recently exhibited at The Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Beaux Arts in Bath and the Weifhaus Gallery near Eindhoven.