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.

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.

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.

Andrew Litten artist

Leaving Home Again oil on assembled furniture parts 27 x 56 cm (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum + featured in Everyday Means publication)

 

 

Andrew Litten artist early work

Man In Nature oil on wood 1998 130 x 36 cm (x2) (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum – in permanent collection)

 

Andrew Litten artist early work

Mother With Children By Two Dead Trees acrylic on wood pieces with sticks  (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum)

 

 

Andrew Litten artist early work

Shadow Phase acrylic on assembled wood panels with legs (exhibited at Royal Cornwall Museum)

 

 

andrew litten early art

Assault acrylic on cardboard 30 x 40 cm (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum and featured in Everyday Means publication)

 

 

Andrew Litten artist early work

Widow acrylic on plywood 44 x 55 cm (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum and featured in Everyday Means publication)

 

 

 

andrew litten early work paintings

Widow acrylic on plywood 1999  165 x 45 cm (exhibited Cadogan Contemporary 2003)

 

 

andrew litten early painting

Public Space acrylic on wood panels 120 x 200 cm

 

 

Andrew Litten artist early work

You Always The One You Love acrylic ob ping pong bats 26 x 15 cm (x2) (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum and featured in Everyday Means publication)

 

 

boy with dead arm

Boy With Dead Arm biro and acrylic on envelope 11 x 10 cm (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Litten sculpture

Boy In Bed Obsessive Counting oil and plastic numbers on wood with legs and caster wheels (exhibited Royal Cornwall Museum)

 

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

Link here   for examples of 1000 works