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Andrew Hemingway was born in Yorkshire in 1955. He studied for his foundation at Barnsley School of Art.
In 1973, he won a place at the prestigious Camberwell School of Art in London, to read Fine Art and the History of Art, graduating in 1976.
During this time he won scholarships to Florence, Rome and Norway. Hemingway credits these experiences with having a profound impact on his work. As well as Europe, he also travelled to Canada, Japan and Israel (at the height of sectarian troubles in the region).
In 1978, he married Hendrikje Postma, a Dutch school teacher with whom he would go on to have three children. His painting during this period was at his London studio, his preferred medium was
egg-tempera and watercolour.
In 1984, he moved his fledgling family back to Yorkshire, where, in need of a studio, he was granted the sale of an old Victorian school which was badly in need of repair. Hemingway undertook a two decade long renovation of the building, placing his studio at the heart of it.
It was here, in 1990, that Hemingway received a sample of pastel paper from a company in Holland.
Dusting off a box of pastels from his student days, he began to experiment with the medium, making marks that derived more from the Dutch masters than from Degas.
And so began a journey of exploration and discovery, which has seen him elevated to the status of a modern master of pastel.
In 2014, he was invited to become an honorary member of the pastel society.
His works can be found in private collections all over the world, including the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House, and that of Lord and Lady Rothermere.
Corporate clients include the Halifax Building Society, Nestle Switzerland and Deutsche Bank.