The Impressionist style developed in the later part of the nineteenth century.
The Impressionists sought to capture the uniqueness of a moment in time by putting an emphasis on painting the light and movement in the landscape as they saw it at the time of painting.
Paul Cezanne 1839 to 1906
Cezanne lived in Aix en Provence in the South of France in his early years and then as a young adult he spent time living in Paris.
He worked with the Impressionist painters such as Camille Pissaro and Armaud Guilliaumin. From 1870 Cezanne increasingly painted in an Impressionist style. He worked with a lighter palate painting outdoor scenes and he was interested in capturing changes in light.
He painted with various materials in his Impressionist phase, one of his preferred techniques being the use of paint applied by brush onto canvas.
Cezanne's influence can be seen in much of Andrew's work. Andrew's painting technique uses coarse brush strokes to create texture. Like Cezanne Andrew's work shows an interest in the outdoors, colour and the effects of light.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchener 1880 - 1938
Ernst Ludwig Kirchener was one of the early Expressionists. He was a founding member of 'The Bridge' group. They sought to create a bridge between the traditionalist styles of the past an and the future of painting. Ernst Ludwig Kirchener's work had a great influence on the expressionist movement in early twentieth century.
Robert Delaunay 1885 - 1941
Robert Delaunay's early work took it's influences from Neo Impressionism with a focus on colour and light. He also continued the cubist principle of breaking down an image and reassembling it in an abstracted form. Robert DeLaunay was one of the main artists involved in the 'Orphist' movement in which artists sought to use colour in a way that focussed on creating harmony and a sense of lyricism with the meaning being created by the way the colour was used.
Robert Delaunay was influenced by Eugene Cheuvral, a chemist who put together a 'chromatic diagram' showing complementary colours. Cheuvral brought to art the sense that the effect colour has and how it's perceived is affected by the colours that are alongside and around it.
In Andrew's abstract paintings there is a sense that the use of colour is essential in creating the meaning of the painting. In many of the paintings bold colours are used alongside one another creating contrast and harmony.