Biography: Andrew Edmonds b.1961.
Andrew was born in Rollesby, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. His earliest memories as a child were a compulsive urge to sketch wild life subjects and make models with mixed media. At Martham School, Andrew was recognised as the top student in Art, Wood and Metal work. After leaving school, he worked at a local family butchers. As he learnt the butchery trade, Andrew continued to fulfil his passion for drawing and the study of animal forms.
He has applied the same passion to his butchery as he does his art, and has owned his successful business since 1986, Bradwell Butchery.
The business and its reputation has grown since then. It has won many national awards, including the Butchers Shop of The Year in 2010 for the Midlands and East of England. Although Andrew has had no formal artistic training, he has taken inspiration from local artist Geoffrey Chatten, RBA. Since their first meeting, they have remained good friends and companions on many sketching trips. Andrew said, “Geoffrey remains an inspiration to me and a truly great friend.” In 2000 Andrew took up sculpting. He had limited knowledge of the process and started working with just clay and a wire tool. It was something that just came naturally to him; the three dimensional effect was a complete eye opener and gave him a brand new experience. It enabled him to portray movement and capture the caricature in his subjects, be they human or animal. Andrew’s knowledge of muscle and bone structure and his careful study of animal movement in the field give his painting and sculpture a life like and lively appearance. His emphasis is on capturing natural movement and portraying vital balance, attitude and character.
He works mainly in Clay and Plasticine, from which he produces his own bronze resin sculptures. More recently his work has been cast in bronze at a foundry. Andrew’s first ever sculpture of a British White Bull (Randolph) has become a much sought after Trophy of the British White Society, competed for each year. Andrew’s varied subject matter is due to his love of all things around him. He wants to keep his work fresh and lively and never wants to be stuck in a mould doing the same subject.
He has never treated his work as commercial, and so has mainly worked to please himself. In 2007 he was commissioned to paint the Royal Norfolk Show Ground for the retiring President by the Royal Norfolk Agriculture Association. He held his first ‘One Man’ exhibition at the Great Yarmouth Library in 2008 showing over 200 pieces of work and selling many. He has also exhibited at the RNAA for the past 5 years.