I have been writing out postcard greetings to businesses in the Watkins Glen area, over to Ithaca, down to Corning, up to Geneva. I have an opening night dream to open the doors of Quintus and have a flood of humanity in to over capacity. I want the fire department called with flashing lights to dress up the dance floor in disco, and headline coverage from ARTnews and NY Times declaring “The Stuckists’ Rapture—Making Art Born Again”. I can dream that alternate reality because it is so close—like many who were struck by lightning knew it was coming seconds before with a metallic wash across their tongues.
Andrew Galbraith paints and galleries of New York City, as far as I know, have not offered him a retrospective, because galleries in New York City do not like art, and despise artists. I believe Andrew and Stuckism to be a harbinger of good news for painting as a way of life, “profession”, career, what have you. I believe art students will reject New York avarice and save Quintus because no art needs to beg, and the only thing that stops the small gallery success is the small gallery pretending to love art and artist, which many do not.
Quintus gets Stuckism, and we will charm like Park Avenue. And then Quintus will love us, yes?
Andrew Galbraith was born in 1967 in Liverpool. He had his first exhibition of drawings in 1977 in the reference section of his local library. He says it took him ten years to become an overnight success. This took place at the age of ten shortly after his Great Grandmother (1901-1995) took it upon herself to show some of his drawings to a librarian at Crosby library just a stones throw away from where he lives. The drawings where a mixture of Muppets and Disney characters, fish and dinosaurs, the most notable was a small pencil drawing of Andrea Mantegna’s painting of the Crucifixion which was later published in An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize, a book by the Stuckists.
After leaving school he found a place on an art foundation course at Hugh Baird college in Liverpool but left after a few months to be an artist, preferring to continue to be self taught. He exhibited at the Whitbread gallery at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust a year later.
When he was 21 he had the unusual idea to be a cartoonist for the Radio. This led to the publication of two comic books for BBC Radio Merseyside the second book “The Adventures of Yorrik” reaching number one bestseller in Liverpool in 1990 (from a list compiled by Dillons bookshop). It featured the skull from Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in modern times in which he tried his hand at various dead end jobs.
In 1995 he had his first solo exhibition of paintings: From the Sublime to the Surreal at the Hanover gallery in Liverpool. The paintings ranged from a six foot long landscape to a number of surreal paintings.
In 2006 he joined the Stuckists, partly in reaction to Tracey Emin being a juror for the John Moores painting competition that year and because he agreed with the Stuckist manifestos. In the recent past he has taken part in numerous Stuckist shows in London, Liverpool, Cambridge, Canterbury and Arizona. His work has also appeared in numerous Stuckist publications and has paintings in private collections in England, Scotland, Wales and Illinois USA.