A British artist now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a muralist specializing in photo real trompe l’oeil ( deceive the eye), and has been a professional artist… forever.

Following a classical European education in the arts, he became the apprentice and protégé of William Holgate (1931-2002), the worlds finest master of the decorative arts in the last 150 years, working on cathedrals, Royal Palaces and international architectural treasures. His clients recently have included The Smithsonian Washington DC, Chabot Space and Science Center, Stanford Medical Center and NASA. He was a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley, where he lectured in and wrote the curriculum for the course “mural and decorative arts” and continues his calling to pass along his knowledge with The Big Picture Project, mentoring graffiti offenders towards “making without victims”.

Since 2005 He worked with the legendary architect/artist Rod Garrett on designing of ”The Man”, the centerpiece of the Burning Man festival, the world's largest art event held every year in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Andrew continues as the designer of The Man after Rod's passing in August 2011 and was given the title of “Steward Of The Man” by Burning Man's founders.

In 2009 Andrew was nominated for and became one of the Newzonia 500 ambassadors, a group of artists, scientists, Nobel laureates working on global and sustainable solutions for a world in crisis.

In October 2011 he was honored by winning the Alameda County Board of Supervisors 2011 Arts Leadership Award and was subsequently appointed by the Supervisors to a four year term as a Board member on the Alameda County Arts Commission representing District 4. He also holds a position on the board of the Alameda County Arts Education Commission and Executive Committee.

In 2019 he was invited by the European Cultural Academy to give a lecture about his work designing Burning Man at Palazzo Rossi in Venice as part of the Biennale Arte Festival and was subsequently invited by the Academy to lead a workshop in Amsterdam of artists from around the globe with the work being exhibited at Venice Giardini della Biennale in October 2020.

In the Summer of 2020 Andrew was also the subject of a major movie by Director Gerald Fox called "Art On Fire" based on a book of the same name by Jennifer Raiser.

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