Jack Andrews Art

I left school in Croydon, South London early, I wanted a life in art and my school offered no creative opportunity.

Between jobs I studied art at Wimbledon College of Arts, printing at Camberwell College of Arts and sculpture at Hampstead School of Art.

My first full time job after leaving school was with a Fleet Street photography company where I spent many months locked in a darkroom. Eventually I was offered a job working for a company of commercial artists in Soho. I spent the next three years learning hand lettering, illustration and airbrush. This gave me the foundation to gain employment with several London advertising agencies until eventually working for a large Swiss design agency.

From there I worked as a freelance commercial artist and designer before opening my own design studio in South London. This I ran for over 25 years with clients including many blue chip organisations and publishers numbering the BBC, British Telecom, Harper Collins, The Royal Town Planning Institute, The Institution of Civil Engineers, Butterworths and many others.

The last part of my career in graphic design involved working almost entirely with computers. After experimenting with computer graphics and cgi I found I needed something hands on, so enrolled on a course in stained glass. The fascination with glass grew from there, with my building my own glass studio, with three kilns and three cats from where I also offer workshops in glass technique. 

As often happens on creative journeys you end up closer to where you started. In my case photography and art. Much of my time is now spent painting after re-discovering the joy of working in oils smelling and Linseed Oil