Self-taught artist and musician Andrew Kinsman, sold his first piece of artwork when he was only twelve years old. He has painted commissions for celebrities and royalty alike, and has recorded soundtracks and albums with music novelties such as Noel Gallagher and English Rock Band, Kasabian. Currently living in South London, after years spent in Cambridge, Bath, Bristol and Cyprus, Kinsman continues to passionately practice both art forms, dividing his time equally between the advancement of his musical career and continuing to acquire new and reputable art commissions.
Kinsman was drawn to art from a young age, but after his first major exhibition, aged twenty-one at The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, he abandoned his art completely to focus solely on his music.
In the following years, Kinsman devoted himself to the development of his musical talent and education. He began with the saxophone and would eventually learn to play the clarinet, flute and piano as well. As a result of his natural talent, Kinsman went on to build an impressive portfolio, playing and recording with noted bands from the British Pop/Rock scene including The Levellers, The Specials, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals and ‘Girls Aloud’ Nadine Coyle. He’s also recently recorded on both Kasabian and Noel Gallagher’s new albums, and he was featured on the soundtrack of London Boulevard, a film starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, and Ray Winstone.
Eventually, it became apparent that Kinsman could no longer suppress his artwork for his music, realizing the necessity of both creative outlets in his life. He took up painting again, completing commissions for His Highness Sheik Mohammed, Sultan Al Thani of Qatar, American actor Rolf Saxon, and celebrity chef, Eric Lanlard. Following his work for Lanlard, Kinsman was commissioned by London’s Halcyon Gallery in 2011 to paint a distinguished portrait of the Hariri Family, Lebanon’s wealthiest and most powerful ruling family. He was also asked to paint American actress, Elisabeth Moss. However, his most prestigious commission to date was in 2012 when he was asked by the Royal Mail to paint a series of eleven stamps to commemorate 150 years of League football. The players featured included Sir Bobby Moore, George Best and Dennis Law to name a few.
As Andrew had previously painted works for the Halcyon gallery in London he sent some examples of this new work from Paris to several of their Directors. They immediately responded and signed him up for his first solo show to be held in 2015.
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