Early Work 1990-99 (everyday stuff).

andrew litten
New Walk Park, Leicester UK 1990

 

 

 


 

 

 

During the late 80’s I attended art college and found it a restricting and claustrophobic experience. With the dominance of conceptual art at the time, and the prominence of the then emerging shock art of the YBA’s; I became aware I was not suited to art college and it became the least creative time of my life. I decided to drop out of art education. I wanted to find my language in the domestic and the commonplace, away from what I felt was the ‘guarded’ impersonal language of high art.

boy with dead arm

Boy With Dead Arm biro and acrylic on envelope

andrew litten early art

           Assault acrylic on cardboard 30 x 40 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I traveled the UK with what money I had, looking for subjects: different streets, parks, different people, different places. I created on kitchen tables, in garden sheds, garages, attics, bedroom floors, and the cupboard under the stairs.

 

andrew litten early

Together Separately oil on food plates 20 cm diameter x 2

 

I became interested in challenging ideas of art elitism and disliked the motivation of art creation as a commodity. I was not interested in making what I was doing look contemporary, ambitious or aspirational and chose unartlike materials – note paper – cardboard boxes – envelopes with drawn on biro. A playful indulgence with impromptu imagery took hold. A process of uninhibited divergent thinking aided the creative free flow and resulted in many hundreds of works produced each year. It became important to find a free flowing dialogue between my life and my art. I felt it was important that I did not ‘police my thoughts’ and I wanted this phrase to resonate in the work.

 

I created well over 1000 works in the period between 1988-1999. Link here

 

andrew litten early work paintings

Widow 1992 165 x 45 cm

 

 

 

andrew litten assemblage

Leaving Home Again oil on assembled furniture parts

 

 

 

andrew litten early work

Domestic Fight mixed media on assembled furniture parts 75 x 51 cm 1994

 

 

 

andrew litten early painting

acrylic on wood pannels 120 x 200cm

Link to more work 1990-99

andrew litten early

Man In Nature 130 x 36 cm (x 2)oil on wood 1998

widow

widow

 

Andrew Litten sculpture

Boy In Bed Obsessive Counting

 

Link to more work 1990-99