Andre currently lives and works in Cape Town. He obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design from the Cape Technikon in 1983.
After graduating he worked in adverting agencies as a designer and illustrator. In 2000 he started a small company designing home wear, gifting and furniture. Throughout this period, he was painting and sculpting, mainly selling the work privately. He has recently sold the company to concentrate on his own creative development as a full-time painter and sculptor. Since 1995, he has participated in several group exhibitions. His first solo exhibition was held in 2019 at the Gallery at Glen Carlou, and most recently his second solo exhibition was held at the Rust en Vrede Gallery. His work is represented in the Sanlam collection.
The human form and its ability to convey a mood or sense of being is my main interest as an artist, one that I explore primarily through the medium of oil painting.
The act of painting – playing with relations of colour and modes of application, in fact, the full spectrum of painterly possibilities (within the confines of representational painting), are equally my great inspirations.
The subjects come from photographs that I’ve found or taken which have some compelling character that I explore, distort or refine through successive drawings. Once I’m happy with the drawing I begin painting in a very experimental way, not following any particular methodology or strategy from the past. As each painting progresses, I work exclusively to enhance the mood or feeling that comes from the central figure or figures.
In addition to anything happening in the moment, longing, introspection and erotic male beauty are an enduring theme: they provide the background, with colour and composition as the vehicle of exploration.