(American, b. 1961)
Available Works by Andrew Portwood
Andrew Portwood’s art is a creative manifestation of his own life experiences. He creates works that echo these personal experiences and the feelings connected to those experiences. Dreams and emotions inspire his creative process and provide a basis for his lyrical portraits, figures, and landscapes.
Portwood began his artistic career in Atlanta, Georgia, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University in 1984. Working in advertising, graphic design, and book illustration, he built a lucrative niche in advertising as a concept artist. Portwood is an accomplished illustrator, receiving the Junior Library Guild Award in 1998 for his illustrations in the children’s picture book Dragon Scales & Willow Leaves published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Now residing in New Orleans, Portwood is busy in his studio balancing his time between large canvas paintings, drawings, and smaller abstract monotypes. His current work is based on realism but is at times abstractly rendered. In his skillful pencil drawings, Portwood constructs visual narratives through the expression of figure and line.