Artist: Andrew Baines

Artist: Andrew Baines

Artist: Andrew Baines

I was born in Colchester, England in 1963, immigrating to Australia with my parents shortly thereafter. Initially we settled at Para Vista in South Australia. It was here my mother became aware of my early talent for art when an astonished kindergarden teacher showed her my aerial perspective drawing of the area we lived in.


At the age of eight we moved to the coastal suburb of Grange, where the beach became a major part of my life.
Fishing from the jetty after school, long walks on wintry afternoons with the family and dog, swimming lessons and lifesaver nippers on the weekends, and my favourite and most profitable pastime, beach combing. Everyday bought new treasures. Jewellery, money, antique keys, exotic marine carcasses and old wine bottles containing strange messages.
Come summer holidays, the family packed bags and headed off to find new and unexplored beaches. Cobowie on Yorke Peninsula, Rapid Bay, Normanville and Kangaroo Island. The ever changing beach became a metaphor for my life.

Aged ten I attended painting classes at the Henley and Grange Art Society. I also got my first paying job as a cartoonist for a local soccer paper (one dollar a cartoon…there was money to be made from art) By the time I was eleven I was selling pencil sketches for five dollars to teachers and parents at the Grange Primary school.
Around this time I developed a passion for soccer. A tug of war began between my passion for art and soccer, soccer winning out until my late twenties. I did my art but not with the conviction I applied to soccer.

I left school at sixteen and began work at John Martins retail store. I painted back drops for window displays and at Christmas helped to produce the magic cave. At John Martins I met my one and only love, my now wife, Jacqueline. When we first met, Jacqueline didn’t know a lot about art, but over the years has developed quite a passion for art (luckily) and has become the back bone of my career.

I was accepted into the South Australian School of Art, Underdale Campus, on the strength of my talent as I hadn’t completed my schooling. Unfortunately soccer practise coincided with some of my lessons, so after two years I pulled out. A decision that didn’t overly concern me, as I felt the art they taught wasn’t the way I envisaged art should be, it was good technically, but for me art is about bringing out an inner naivety which could only be developed on your own.

At twenty one I resigned from John Martins to start ‘ Baines Graphics’, producing murals, cartoons, etc. I worked for many high profile companies, the likes of BP Australia, The Australian Grand Prix, S.A. Soccer Federation and numerous publications.

In my twenties I became aware of Andy Warhol, David Hockney and closer to home Prohart and Ken Done, all very different, but I saw in them all a life I wanted.

At twenty four I married Jacqueline. We rented a flat at Henley Beach before buying a house at Grange. We have three daughters, Skye 24, Jemma 20 and Amber 19 years old. 

Since my late twenties I struggled with the decision to give up commercial art and become a fulltime artist. Jacqueline knew of my desire to be an artist but when you have three kids, a house, bills, dogs, cats etc… the idea seemed a joke. After work and on weekends I grasped at the few hours I had, and chased my dream. Painting, drawing, and marketing my art to galleries. I made some inroads, but to be successful I had to spend a lot more time.

A New Life

One day Jacqueline said, ” Give up everything, lets chase your dream, I know we’ll struggle, but you deserve a chance.” That day I excitedly rang all my commercial customers telling them the good news (they didn’t greet my decision with the same enthusiasm that it was delivered with) a lot leaving the door open, just incase things didn’t work out. But for me there was no turning back, it was do or die. I thought I would start at the top, so I made an appointment with Russell Starke, Director of Greenhill Galleries. I lay six paintings against the wall, “I love them,” Russell announced. “I have an opening this Sunday at one o’clock, we’ll find some room and see what happens”. Come Sunday at three o’clock four paintings had sold…I’ve never looked back.

Awards

  • Semi-Finalist 2013 Doug Moran national Portrait Prize
  • Finalist 2012 Mortimer Art Prize for Surrealism
  • Finalist 2011 Nora Heysen Art Prize for Still Life, SA.
  • Finalist 2009 Whyalla Art Prize.
  • Finalist ANL Maritime Art Prize, Vic.
  • Finalist 2008 Fleurieu Peninsula Vistas Prize, SA.
  • Finalist 2008 Corangamarah Art Prize, VIC.
  • Finalist 2007 Whyalla Art Prize.
  • Finalist 2007 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
  • Short listed for The Adelaide Fringe 2007 Poster Competition.
  • Finalist 2006 the Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize.
  • Finalist 2006 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
  • Finalist 2006 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
  • Cathedral Art Show 2005 Winner Best observation of human nature.
  • Finalist 2005 Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape.
  • Finalist 2005 Spirit of the Outback Waltzing Matilda Art Competition.
  • Finalist 2004 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.
  • Finalist 2004 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
  • Finalist 2004 Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Art Prize for Australian Landscape.
  • Finalist 2004 grey masts Art Prize. (highly commended)

Exhibitions

  • 2013
  • Solo Exhibitions
    • BMG Art Adelaide
    • Paint Box Fine Art Canberra
  • Group Exhibitions
    • International Surrealism Now Lisbon Portugal
    • Mortimer Prize touring exhibition
    • Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair

  • 2012
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Gallows Gallery Perth
      • Richard Martin Art Sydney

  • 2011
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • BMG Art Adelaide
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Axia Modern Art Melbourne
      • Harrison Galleries Sydney
      • Singapore Affordable Art Fair with Red Sea Gallery

  • 2010
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Red sea Gallery Singapore
      • Harrison Galleries Sydney NSW
      • Gallows Gallery Mosman Park WA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Karin Weber Gallery Hong Kong
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art Cottesloe WA
      • Artery Gallery StAndrews Scotland
      • Jenny Pihan Gallery VIC

  • 2009
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • BMG Art Adelaide SA
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art Perth WA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Sydney Art Fair with Harrison Galleries NSW
      • Gallows Gallery Cottesloe WA
      • Red Sea Gallery Singapore

  • 2008
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • BMG Art Adelaide SA
      • Harrison Galleries Sydney NSW
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Pivotal Galleries Richmond VIC
      • Sydney Art Fair with Harrison Galleries NSW
      • Artery Gallery St Andrews Scotland
      • Artery Gallery Perthshire Scotland

  • 2007
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • BMG Art Adelaide SA
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art WA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize SA museum
      • Greenwood Gallery South Melbourne

  • 2006
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Lynne Wilton Gallery Armadale Vic
      • Trevor Harvey Gallery Seaforth NSW
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Fleurieu Biennale Invitational SA
      • Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Water Prize SA
      • Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize South Australian Museum
      • Blackheath Gallery London UK
      • Sydney Art Fair with Trevor Harvey Gallery
      • Artery Gallery St Andrews Scotland
      • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Travelling exhibition
      • Artery Gallery Perthshire Scotland
      • St Hilda’s Art Exhibtion (artist in residence) Mosman WA

  • 2005
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW
      • The Red Dot Gallery, Penny’s Hill Winery with Greenhill Galleries SA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art WA
      • Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape Hahndorf SA
      • Spirit of the Outback Waltzing Matilda Art Show Winton Qld
      • Gallery Dimante California USA
      • Dart Gallery Devon UK
      • Affordable Art Show Melbourne (Without Pier Gallery)
      • Blackheath Gallery London UK
      • Framed the Darwin Gallery
      • Artery Gallery Perthshire Scotland
      • Shayne Gallery Montreal Canada

  • 2004
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Monsoon Gallery Broome WA (Artist in residence Cable Beach Club Resort)
      • Jahroc Gallery Margaret River WA
    • Joint Exhibitions
      • Redhill Gallery QLD
      • Galerie TOAAC Lausanne Switzerland
    • Group Exhibitions
      • The Dart Gallery Devon UK
      • Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize South Australian Museum
      • Doug Moran Portrait Prize Travelling Exhibition
      • Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Art Prize for Australian Landscape
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art WA

  • 2003
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Framed the Darwin Gallery NT
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Xanadu Gallery Margaret River WA
      • WA Art Fair with Stafford Studios of Fine Art WA
      • Aviva Fine Art Gallery Vic
      • Susan Street Fine Art Gallery California USA
      • Rembar Gallery Vic

  • 2002
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Pilbara Fine Art Gallery WA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Stafford Studios of Fine Art WA
      • Redhill Gallery QLD
      • Shayne Gallery Montreal Canada

  • 2001
    • Solo Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Bay Discovery Centre SA
    • Joint Exhibition
      • Redhill Gallery QLD

  • 2000
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Accent Fine Art Gallery WA
      • Redhill Gallery QLD
      • Raglan Gallery NSW

  • 1999
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Greenhill Galleries SA

  • 1998
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Art Images Gallery SA
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Greenhill Galleries SA
      • Roxby Downs with Greenhill Galleries SA

  • 1997
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Hester Gallery NSW
    • Group Exhibitions
      • Greenaway Gallery Vic
      • Hester Gallery NSW

  • 1996
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Lombard Art Gallery SA

  • 1995
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Glenn Gallery SA

  • 1994
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Glenn Gallery SA
    • Group Exhibition
      • Glenn Gallery SA

  • 1993
    • Solo Exhibition
      • Adelaide Hilton International Gallery SA

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