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"I don't know how to love a place..."

Andrea Coltman

​Andrea Coltman has always felt displaced. Her family escaped from Hungary in 1956. Belonging nowhere, she is a nomadic observer drawn to capturing snapshots of transitional locations through painting, She was initially inspired by The Dutch Masters as a young child. 


Absorbed with the notion of places and spaces of transition, Andrea’s works questions places of constant transformation drawing on her own movements. There are connections and disconnections revealing a state of flux, the crossing of physical and metaphorical boundaries, discovering places of change whilst the artist moves between material, physical and emotional states. 

Often combining figuration and abstraction, Andrea responds to the passer-by and the environment. She frequently adds hi-vis linear systems, editing, re-editing, duplicating, interpreting, and re-interpreting the literal context is part of her process. The use of repetition in the work is thematic, alluding to the cyclical nature of her daily life. Precision is implied, imperfections arise, and unexpected narratives unravel with dystopian overtones. 

Andrea reflects psychologically on the everyday, overlooked instant or object. She is drawn to the ephemeral, the split second, a passage through a place or environment. The artist is a rootless wanderer, and wonderer’ a 21st Century Flâneuse.

Andrea graduated with an MFA from UAL in 2017 and is based in London and Kent.

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Andrea Coltman was born in Croydon, October 1962. Her parents escaped  from Hungary during the aborted 1956 Hungarian Uprising. Her whole life has been overshadowed by her family history which has greatly impacted on her art practice.

Having always been creative her career began as a Graphic Designer. After her children left school she began to persue her artistic practice, receiving her BA(Hons) Fine Art in 2013 and subsequently an MFA in 2017.


Andrea works in London and in her home in rural Kent.  



The following testimonials are from artists who participated in the CWND Artist Residency I facilitated and led from 2014-2017 on a building Site with Canary Wharf, London UK 

"The 2017 CWND residency managed to be nurturing and supportive and at the same time exciting and stimulating. We were treated to a rich programme of talks and visits devised by Andrea. These provided a great springboard into exploring our practices in this new context. A highlight was sharing the experience with a group of highly committed and enthusiastic artists with an array of backgrounds who have now become friends and colleagues. 

One thing I thought that is really special about the residency is, because it is run by a practicing artist, you know it takes time for ideas to develop and there may be detours along the way. I found this a very compassionate approach which helps bring out the best in participants."

Carolyn Morris, Artist, UK, CWND Resident,2017

"I thoroughly enjoyed the residency which was well planned and run in an efficient and friendly manner by Andrea; the facilitator. My practice benefitted hugely from being there and interacting with a diverse group of other artists. There is a good mix of talks and activities arranged but obviously time to work either on your own or with others both on or off the site. I personally started seeing connections with another member of the residency group which has led to an ongoing collaboration. Moreover I built up a photo archive which continues to inform my work.
I would definitely recommend the residency even if you are not studying 'the urban environment' as I am. The location is very interesting psychologically, politically, historically and from a human relations perspective too".     

Jane Pickersgill, Artist, UK, CWND Resident 2017

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