Andrew Southall’s work has few if any boundaries, seemingly uninfluenced by external pressures or requests.
Southall approaches art of and in the moment. Within that moment there is an interest to be explored, an un-prescribed duration of exploration; and when that idea is fleshed out, exhausted, a new moment, a new idea, sensation, takes its place to be interrogated until it also has given up all that it has to offer.
This cycle of expression is unrelenting; encompassing painting – writing – drawing – sculpture – photography – printing and combinations of these.
The one area that the viewer may think is constant is the self-portraits, but these also are only moments of exploration, each one an individual moment that can never be revisited. Southall’s work may best be explained as a progression, a cycle an evolution of ideas continually evolving but never returning backwards.
Southall’s facility as an artist and technician is immense; to render in detail highly accurate realism, to balance complex colour combinations, or explore abstract expressions that question what is art? Southall’s work negates the question of “like” or “dislike”. The sheer breadth and weight of work leaves the viewer with no other option than that of critic, to engage with the work in critical discourse. Michael Powell, 2019