Andrew Cranston | Never a joiner

17 June - 16 September 2023

This summer, as part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Ingleby presents an exhibition of new paintings by Glasgow based Andrew Cranston.


Andrew Cranston (b.1969) is a painter-storyteller, a way of working that is enhanced by his often painting on the linen bound covers of old books.  His stories coalesce in the process of making - the paintings emerging gradually through the manipulation of his materials: layering, lacquering, bleaching, collaging and constantly re-working his way into images that seem to shift backwards and forwards in time. He has described one of his works as ‘a painting that came out of my brush one day’, a statement that sums up his approach. They are resolutely contemporary in spirit and yet connected by a strong thread to painters of the past, especially perhaps to the intimism of Vuillard and Bonnard, or to Matisse or Munch. 


These are narrative paintings, drawn from the artist’s memory and observations of life and liberally sprinkled with reference to cinema, literature, and art history. This exhibition will present a new sequence of large scale canvases, alongside the book cover paintings for which he has become best known in recent years.


A new publication devoted to the book cover paintings  will be published alongside the exhibition featuring the artist’s own commentaries about where the paintings come from. 


A book launch to celebrate the publication’s release, including a signing and exhibition walk through with the artist will be held as an Edinburgh Art Festival event on Saturday 19th August at 3pm.