British painter Andy Pankhurst was born in Bournemouth, Dorset in 1968 and trained at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art (1984-86) and then at the Slade School of Fine Art (1986-92) where he was taught by British figurative painter, Euan Uglow. Whilst still at the Slade he won the first prize at the Winsor and Newton Young Artists’ Award, and was given various scholarships and awards in the proceeding years. From 1997 to 2005 Pankhurst was a part-time lecturer at the Slade, alongside part-time tutoring at The Royal Drawing School, and lecturing at The National Portrait Gallery where he still works.
In 2002-3 Pankhurst was appointed to cover the England Cricket Tour to Australia, an official role which resulted in a series of works on The Ashes and a solo exhibition at Lord’s in 2003. In 2002 Pankhurst co-founded The London School of Painting and Drawing. In 2012 he co-authored (with Lucinda Hawksley) What Makes Great Art, which was published by Apple Press.
His work, mostly still lifes and nudes, is characterised by structural formality combined with bold use of colour.
1995 Work from Italy, Pearson Gallery, UCL
2001 Works on Paper, 1987-2001, Slade Gallery, UCL
2002-03 M.C.C. Artist on the England Tour to Australia 2002-2003, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
2005 Motif, 1985-2005 Browse & Darby, London
2008 Paintings & Drawings, Browse & Darby, London
2011 The Ashes Series & Drawings, Browse & Darby, London
2014 Drawings and Paintings: Figure, Landscape & Still Life, Browse & Darby, London
Awards and Prizes
1990 Winsor and Newton Young Artists’ Award (First Prize)
1991 NatWest Prize for Art (Second Prize)
1992-93 Richard Ford scholarship, travelled to Spain
1993-94 Boise travel scholarship, travelled to Italy, predominantly in Padua studying Giotto’s frescos in the Arena Chapel
2003 Invited onto the Richard Ford Award Committee
1999-2000 Commissioned by M.C.C. to paint former England Cricket Captains, Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart
2007 Commissioned by University of Exeter to paint the portrait of Lord Alexander of Weedon Q.C. Completed 2010
Winters, Edward, ‘Aesthetics and visual culture: looking at Andrew Pankhurst’s Night painting’, in Dealing with the Visual: Art History, Aesthetics, and Visual Culture, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2005.
Winters, Edward, Motif, 1985-2005, exhibition catalogue, Browse & Darby, 2005.
Alexander, Martha, ‘Feature’, in Artists & Illustrators, 2011.
Christie’s Contemporary Collection
M.C.C. Museum, Lord’s Cricket Ground
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Art Collection (former NatWest Group)
Royal Academy of Arts
University College London
University of Exeter, Fine Art Collection