From Carlisle to Los Angeles and back again
The Vallum Gallery, the contemporary art gallery based at The University of Cumbria's Institute of Arts campus in Carlisle, is hosting an ambitious and interesting exhibition of new work by the internationally renowned artist Andrew Byrom.
Andrew originally trained in graphic design at Cumbria Institute of Arts, one of the legacy institutions which formed the University of Cumbria.
Born in Liverpool in 1971, at the age of three his family moved to Barrow, where Andrew lived until he left school at sixteen when he began a four-year apprenticeship in the shipyard. After serving his apprenticeship Andrew decided to pursue a career in design and left his job to enrol on his degree in Carlisle.
Andrew has since established himself as a leading graphic designer producing innovative work that pushes the boundaries of traditional concepts of design and typography. His work has been exhibited in venues in Europe, Asia, and across the US and has won awards from the AIGA and The Type Directors Club.
Now based mainly in America, Andrew works on projects with clients across the globe. Since January, he has been enjoying a comparatively quiet pace of life working from his cottage near the Cumbria/Northumbria border, whilst completing a residency at the university’s Institute of the Arts.
“My aim in returning to the University of Cumbria was to let the place, people and atmosphere fundamentally shape me and my work - as it did when I studied here 25 years ago," Andrew explains.
"I am interested in searching for typographic forms and processes away from the printed page; to find references in my everyday life and apply them to typeface design. Usually these influences are from an urban or residential setting, but having spent the past four months living in the Cumbria/Northumbria countryside, my recent work has naturally been inspired by rural activities.”
During his time at the Brampton Road campus, Andrew has shared his skills, knowledge and expertise with the university staff and students and has produced a new body of work. The new work is inspired by his rural surroundings and sculptural qualities in the agricultural environment, featuring sculptural work made from sheep feeding troughs and corrugated iron from farm buildings, to name a few!
The exhibition, Field Work, runs from Monday 2 May, when there is a preview evening from 4.00 - 6.00pm, all welcome. The show is then open Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm, until Friday 13 May 2016.