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Born in Porlock, Somerset, Andy Wood spent his formative years in Surrey. He studied painting at Croydon and Newport Colleges of Art, gaining a degree in Fine Art (Painting) and Film in 1970.

Having left art school he had many different jobs before becoming a full time artist. Starting out as an assistant school caretaker he soon moved on to become a stage electrician at the London Palladium where, amongst other duties, he maintained the theatre's famous revolving stage; operated the central stage lift; and worked with lighting and sound during performances. This was followed by a period living in Snowdonia, North Wales, designing posters and programmes for pop concerts. Then a year helping to build a children's arts centre, teaching arts and crafts, and working with a "Theatre in Education" drama group in Sussex. After which he moved back to London where he ran an arts centre and worked on adventure playgrounds in Hammersmith.

In 1977, after a year at teacher training college in Twickenham, he moved to Dorset to concentrate on painting full-time. While living in Charmouth he joined the Dorset Fire & Rescue Service as a Retained Firefighter and continued in the fire service until 2002. In 1996 he opened the Andy Wood Gallery in Lyme Regis which showed his paintings and prints as well as the work of other artists and friends.

In 2002 he closed the gallery and moved to Rye in East Sussex. In 2010 he was elected Hon. Secretary of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

As a member of both the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Society of British Artists he regularly exhibits in their annual shows at the Mall Galleries, London. His work has also featured in numerous exhibitions in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the United States of America. Andy Wood's paintings are in the collections of His Majesty the Sultan of Oman, the Central Carolina Bank, the Chelsea Arts Club, the Lyme Regis Museum and Duke University.

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Qualifications

1970      Dip AD 2.1 Fine Art (BA hons Fine Art (Painting))
1967/70 Newport College of Art, Newport (Casnewydd-ar-Wysg), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)
1965/67 Croydon College of Art, Croydon, Surrey

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
Expositions en Solo (selection)

2004-2005 Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset
1994/2002 Andy Wood Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset
1992      Honiton Festival, Honiton, Devon
1989      David Hibberd Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset
1987      Ninth Street Gallery, Durham NC, USA
1985      Petworth Festival, Petworth, Sussex
1984      Thackeray Gallery, London
1983      The Gallery, London
1982      Butlin Gallery, Ilminster, Somerset
1981      Thackeray Gallery, London
1980      Market Place Gallery, Colyton, Devon
1979      Westgate Gallery, Winchester, Hants

Group Exhibitions (selected)
Expositions de Groupe (selection)

1978/2009 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1978/2009 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2007      Pantiles Edge Gallery, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2006      Art on Paper, Royal College of Art, London
2005      NSAT gallery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
2004      International Symposium of Art, Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
2002      Marine House at Beer, Beer, Devon
2001      The Shell House Gallery, Ledbury, Herefordshire
2000      The South West Academy Of Fine And Applied Arts, Exeter
1999      The Harbour Club  Chelsea, London
1998      Royal College Of Art, London
1997      Alresford Gallery, Winchester
1996      Isca Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
1995      Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
1994      Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner, Middx
1993      Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
1990      Marita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh NC, USA
1989      Peden and Gilliam, Raleigh NC, USA
1987      Somerhill Gallery, Raleigh NC, USA
1986      Expo 86, Vancouver, Canada
1986      Fry Art Museum, Seattle, USA
1984/1985 Bankside Gallery, London
1982      Bath Arts Fair, Bath, Avon
1981      Morley Gallery, London
1980      Piccadilly Gallery, London
1980      Art 11'80, Basle, Switzerland
1979      Salon D'Automne, Paris

Societes Artistiques

2009    Hon. Secretary: Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
2004    Aquafolio International Group
2000    The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
1999    full member: Royal Society of British Artists
1981    full member: Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours
1980    associate member: Royal Society of British Artists

Awards, Prizes, Grants
Prix et Distinctions

2004    selected to represent UK at International Symposium of Art  Quebec  Canada
1992    Llewellyn Alexander Purchase Prize
1987    South West Arts
1982    South West Arts
1974    Southern Arts

Artiste en Residence

1992    Artist In Residence, Honiton Festival, Honiton, Devon
1991    Artist In Residence, Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis, Dorset
1989    Artist In Residence, Devon Opera, Exeter, Devon


2001       International Artist Magazine
1983/2009  Who'S Who In Art (Art Trade Press Ltd)
2000       Watercolour Challenge Practical Painting Course
1990       Dictionary Of 20th Century British Painters, Sculptors
           And Other Artists (Antique Collectors Club Ltd)

Oeuvres sur Commande

British Telecom
Christies Contemporary Art
Southern Gas
Devon County Council
Penguin Books
Macdonald and Co Ltd
Sultan Of Oman
North Carolina Museum Of History


Duke University
M and G Reinsurance Plc
Sultan Of Oman
Chelsea Arts Club
Lyme Regis Museum
Central Carolina Bank


Andy Wood RI RBA


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