Andrew Stock, RE, SWLA
Andrew is a self-taught artist and has been painting full time since leaving Sherborne School in 1978. Whilst still at school he was personally encouraged by the late Sir Peter Scott and went on to hold his first one-man exhibition at the age of twenty-one at the Malcolm Innes Gallery in London. He remained with Malcolm Innes throughout the 1980s before branching out with other galleries including the Tryon Gallery and most recently Frost & Reed. He has also held solo shows at the Alpine Club gallery, The Gallery in Cork St. and the Mall Galleries, as well as being represented by Thomas Henry Fine Art in Nantucket, USA.
Trips abroad, as far a field as the Kumaon Himalaya and the Antarctic Peninsula (with the Royal Navy) have provided a wealth of inspiration, while the Scottish Highlands and more especially the contrasting beauty and wilderness of the island of Pabbay in the Outer Hebrides remains a constant pull and a regular pilgrimage.
In April 2014 Andrew was a guest at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve (neighbouring the Kruger National Park) in South Africa. He spent two intense weeks living with the rangers and sketching every day. This resulted in a successful exhibition at the Mall Galleries in December 2014. His Most recent trips have been to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. These lead to the London exhibition; Mules, mountains and minarets at the Royal Opera Arcade gallery in November 2017.
Andrew sketches in the field, usually in watercolour and frequently uses a telescope to watch the wildlife. Some of the resulting sketches may be suitable to exhibit, but more often they are vital reference to create more considered works in oil, watercolour or etchings on returning to the studio. Wildlife, especially birds, has been a constant theme, but in recent years landscapes have become an important part of his repertoire.
Andrew was elected a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1983. He went on to serve as Honorary Secretary to the society and also as a Governor at the Federation of British Artists (FBA) before he was elected President of the SWLA in 2004. Following a term of five successful years he stepped down as president to concentrate on his painting but remains an active member and an Honorary Vice President of the society.
As well as exhibiting regularly in London Andrew has a growing international following. He has carried out many Commissions including paintings for 29 Commando RA, RACAL Electronics, Casino Hotel Group (India), and various international clients.
Andrew has sat on or chaired the selection panel for the SWLA annual exhibition for over twenty years. He has selected work for the National Print Exhibition ('Originals') on several occasions and is a judge for Birdwatch Artist of the Year. He was also a judge for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards for its first eight years.
Having lived and worked in Dorset for 29 years, in April 2013 Andrew moved Buckinghamshire to live with his partner Lucy and her two boys.In the summer of 2019 they moved to an old farm on the River Torridge in North Devon where Andrew is planning a new studio.