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Andrew Crummy

Andrew Crummy

Andrew Crummy is well known as the designer of large-scale tapestries including The Great Tapestry of Scotland. This exhibition, his first one man show, is a series of paintings, drawings and limited edition prints that explore themes that relate to the tapestries.

“Andrew is an artist who has brought great joy to many and in doing so has enriched the public life of Scotland.”

“This Tapestry is, quite simply, a masterpiece and it is Andrew’s vision that lights it from the very first panel to the last.”

Alexander McCall Smith- from the preface to ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland, The Making of a Masterpiece’ (Birlinn), 2013

Andrew studied illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, followed by an MA in Design at Glasgow School of Art. He started his career in London as an illustrator for Everything But The Girl, NME, The Observer and many editorial publications. He became a street artist/muralist in 1988 producing over 80 large-scale artworks. Since moving back to Scotland in 2000 he helped develop The Prestonpans Mural trail until 2012. Recently he was the designer/artist for The Great Tapestry of Scotland, Scottish Diaspora Tapestry and Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, which involved more than two thousand stitchers globally.

Within this exhibition, he has produced a series of paintings and drawings based on his dyslexic process, where history, humour and detail combine to create what he calls 'A Pandorium of Scottish Curiosities'.

“While these tapestries, in a community sense, are still developing and evolving, my response has been to be creative and develop and explore the themes and styles. Developing ideas for new tapestries and sculptures. There is still much to explore combining influences in drawing and painting techniques to themes that might at first be odd, but hopefully open up new areas to explore. Also having now a wider knowledge of Scottish history, I find there are many themes I want to explore.”

“Andrew Crummy is a great artist, simple as that, and this huge project is – up to now – his crowning achievement”.

Alistair Moffat - from the introduction to ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland, The Making of a Masterpiece’ (Birlinn), 2013

Example of Artist's Work

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This Artist at Doubtfire

Andrew Crummy - Tapestry Man

5th August - 26th August 2017