| Andrew Maginley
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Andrew Maginley

Art and music have been part of my life and I am drawn to the drawing techniques and styles of the old masters, east and west, with my own twist. When I paint I work with traditional glazes and grind my own pigments, and my musical instruments are the lute and early guitar strung with sheep gut. I feel like a Renaissance man in a modern world.


As an artist, my inspiration comes directly from the dynamic beauty of line and form of the human figure with an emphasis on the female figure and elements of nature.


Drawing is central to my art. I work with live models, and from nature and my imagination.

I love the spontaneity of working from life and letting my eye and hand guide me instantly as the subject moves.

Using brush and ink, oil or watercolour, pastels, chalks, or my fingers.


My aim is to make the spirit of my subjects move on the paper. Each brush-stroke must beat with the pulsation of a living being.


From an early age I was influenced by Asian art as my father loved to tell me ghost stories from the east at bedtime. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology – stories myths and legends from around the world.


My love of fantasy and comicbook art led me to study at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City where I received a bachelors degree in fine arts. I studied with illustrationist Curtis Woodbridge and I fell in love with historical illustration techniques and the art of Japanese Ukiyo-e masters,19th and early 20th century European book illustration, and the art of the Pre-Raphaelites.


After graduating from SVA I began my journey as a classical musician studying at Mannes College in New York City graduating with a Masters in Music and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Early Music at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany.


My international career as a musician takes me all over the world performing solo recitals, chamber music and in operas. Travelling as a musician inspires and shapes my work as a visual artist.


I draw from live models every week at the Hesketh Hubbard Drawing-Society and I have exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London.

My paintings