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Dirty Paintings: Opening night

October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at the opening night of the Dirty Painting exhibition which will run throughout October and November in our porch gallery. All welcome.


Dirty Paintings are collages, paintings and drawings that are loosely informed by ideas of beauty and imperfection. The work draws on incidental, urban visual mess.

Andy noticed that the residual paint marks left on the paper protecting his table were often more interesting than the main work itself and so the concept of ‘Dirty Paintings’ emerged. With a desire to select, organise, collage and re-create chaotic formal relationships, he makes work that draws on vernacular, incidental, urban visual mess: traces of old sellotape left to collect dust on a notice board, overpainted graffiti, marker-pen tags. The work toys with notions of spontaneity and expression (inherent in gestural marks) contradicted by the discipline of selecting, planning and ordering.


A graphic designer and design lecturer in Leeds, Andy’s art has been an erratic, private and haphazard activity, made in tandem with commercial design work. He collects ephemera and discarded materials to make collages, paintings and drawings, loosely informed by Japanese wabi-sabi ideas of beauty and imperfection, the found and the made. As a design professional, he works with cultural organisations, public bodies and architects. He studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds.

If you like Andy’s work and would like to have a go for yourself, he is also running a workshop on 2 November at 7pm. Find out more here.


Please register here via Eventbrite to attend the opening night.


October 5, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Left Bank Leeds


Left Bank Leeds
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Leeds, LS6 1LJ United Kingdom
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