Andy Parsons


Andy Parsons

Andy is interested in finding ways of bringing art into everyday life.  His work includes painting, books, drawings, prints and sculpture and is particularly interested in works done objectively, from life.  In 2015 he made a work that dramatized the difficulty of this methodology by using a drawing board raft to make large scale drawings whilst floating on Lough Gill.

In 2017 Andy started working with The Metal Mariners Boat Building Project in Sligo, after receiving funding from Sligo Arts Service.  Andy began recording the work of building and restoring boats.  This ongoing project has developed into a significant body of work, including hundreds of drawings, paintings, sculptures and lithographs.  In January 2020, Andy exhibited a number of the boat builders paintings at The London Art Fair with Advanced Graphics London.  (for more see )

Andy's work as co-founder of Floating World Artists Books is centred on public engagement.  Floating World has undertaken varied projects in community settings and its books are in major collections including Tate Modern. (for more see )

In 2018 he staged the exhibition ‘Raft’, at A.P.T Gallery in London.  Recent group exhibitions include NCAD Gallery, F.E. MacWilliam Gallery, The Model Sligo and the A.P.T Gallery in London.  In 2019 Andy was included in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize at Piano Nobile in London.

Andy has published silk screen prints with Advanced Graphics London and has works in public and private collections.

In 2017 Andy was the recipient of a major award by the Pollock Krasner Foundation in the U.S. aimed at developing and sustaining his practice as an artist.

Andy is currently undertaking a year long Artist in Residency for The Model, Home of The Niland Collection at Sligo University Hospital.  As part of this residency Andy is working on the wards with patients, as well as developing a body of drawings, paintings and sculptures. The residency is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Andy Parsons - Gloves

Andy Parsons - Sawing bench with purple glove 

Andy Parsons - The Boatbuilders, work in progress (February 2018)


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