“I wanted to make paintings that immersed you in the woods, where your senses could be overwhelmed by the confusion of branches and brambles and sunlight.”

Andrew Gifford is internationally recognised for his innovative paintings and light installations based on the landscape. His work has been widely exhibited, including solo public shows at Leeds City Art Gallery (2004), Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh (2001) and Middlesbrough Art Gallery (2000). In 2014 his exhibition Two Cities: Paintings of Jerusalem and Ramallah toured with the British Council to Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem and the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah.  Also in 2014 an exhibition, ‘Cities of the Northeast’ was shown at the University of Northumbria and in 2016 his exhibition ‘New York Paintings’ was exhibited in New York at the Spring Masters in the Armory building.  Other exhibitions have taken place in Hong Kong, Singapore and Houston. 


Over the last three years, the artist has been immersed himself in the landscapes & woodlands of Sussex and Yorkshire. Choosing to paint unassuming, almost incidental subjects, Andrew Gifford focuses in on the complexity of lichen clad trees, the quality lof ight falling on the woodland floor and so on, building up dense, keenly observed canvases.


‘The composition, like many of the tree paintings I have made over the last two years, is intentionally uncomposed, in an attempt to give the viewer the feeling of an incidental view, echoing the way you observe nature when surrounded by it. In my painting, which begins with small studies made outside in all weathers,  I am trying to show that there is  soul and beauty everywhere you look and to encourage you to stop and look harder.’


Andrew Gifford 2022


His work is included in the collections of the New Art Gallery, Walsall and Chatsworth House and in private collections in Europe, USA and Asia. A monograph on the artist was published in 2005.


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“Painting is an attempt to show the power of these ancient trees. The bark is covered in scales that reflect a myriad of colours, it involves such a build up of colours that it has been quite mentally exhausting to paint. The boughs of the tree have such warmth of colour that they seem to glow with light.”

Solo Exhibitions

2022          Alone with Trees: Part Three, Cromwell Place, South Kensington

2021          Alone with Trees: Part Two, Cromwell Place, South Kensington
2020          Alone with Trees: Part One, Cromwell Place, South Kensington
2019          A Baltic Journey, John Martin Gallery, London
2018          INDIA at John Martin Gallery
2017          Fès Rooftop Paintings at John Martin Gallery & the Cil Railiag Residency
2016          Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo: Street Paintings:   Art Central Hong Kong
2015          New York Paintings, Spring Masters NYC – Touring to John Martin Gallery,
2014          Cities of the North East, University of Numbria, UK
2013          Two Cities: Paintings  of Jerusalem and Ramallah, John Martin London – Touring to public institutions in Jerusalem and Ramallah early 2014
2013         Mildmay Gallery, Glyndebourne, East Sussex
2012         London Landscapes, John Martin Gallery, London
2011         Spring- Amman, John Martin Gallery, London
2011         Pigment & Light, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2010         Budapest, John Martin Gallery, London
2010         Looking West from Albert Embankment, London Art Fair
2008         Istanbul Light Series, ArtLondon
2007         Tyne Bridge Tower Paintings, John Martin Gallery, London
2006         Ganzfeld Ball Installation, London Art Fair, Arts Projects
2005         Paris Paintings 1, John Martin Gallery, London
2005         Paris Paintings 2 & Dordogne Landscapes, John Martin Chelsea
2004         Leeds /Bradford Paintings part of ‘Tales of the City’, Leeds City Art Gallery
2004         London Street Paintings, John Martin Chelsea
2004         Andrew Gifford at the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington
2003         Fontaine Evening Paintings, Art London
2002         Berlin Paintings, John Martin Gallery, London
2001         Retrospective, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2000         Paintings from the Sellamoto Studio,  Middlesbrough Art Gallery
1999         The Limehouse Series, ArtLondon, Duke of Yorks Barracks
1998         Recent paintings, John Martin Gallery, London
1993         Artist in Focus, Middlesbrough Art Gallery


Group Exhibitions

2013         32 Paintings, Phoenix Art Center, Brighton
2010         Art Athina, John Martin Gallery, London/ Greece
2009         Changing Landscapes, John Martin Gallery, London
2000         Blue, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
1998         French Paintings, Art2000, Business Design Centre, Islington
1997         Fifty and One, mixed show, John Martin Gallery, London
1996         The Discerning Eye, selected by Susan Moore, Mall Galleries, London
1996         On a Grand Scale, mixed show, John Martin Gallery, London
1996         Northern Lights, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1996         97, Business Design Centre , Islington
1996         Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
1995         Of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, R.S.A. Edinburgh
1995         Artists, John Martin Gallery, London
1995         Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1994         Laing Art Exhibition, University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1994         Fantastic, nine artists, Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, West Midlands
1994         Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1994         & Lithographs, Dovecot Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees


Prizes and Competitions

1998     Fisher Memorial Prize
1997     David Prize – finalist
1997     David Prize – finalist
1996     Journal Art Competition, University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1988/ 1989 Art Centenary Award, York College of Art & Technology



1997     Date with an Artist, BBC2
1997     Don’t Look Down, Scottish Television