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Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown Artist

Andrew graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Painting in 2002. Andrew has exhibited his artwork all around the world and he now teaches in international schools.

Why did you choose to study Painting at Loughborough University?

I travelled all around the UK before choosing where to study, as I wanted to find the right place for me. When I saw the facilities and studio spaces at the arts school I knew I wanted to go to Loughborough. It was a great choice!

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

Loughborough taught me a lot as an artist and as a painter. It taught be to be self-sufficient and proactive in my own learning and development. It has kept me constantly looking for new inspiration and driving me to achieve more.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

After I finished at Loughborough I exhibited my art work and received a lot of interest in my work, but I needed a steady job to support myself. I studied for a PGCE in Secondary Education (Art and Design) and this led to working in the UK teaching Art and Design for 5 years. After that time I moved abroad to work in international schools, where I have been ever since.

Along the way I have continued to paint and work as an artist. In the last 5 years or so I have mostly been documenting sport as I see this as a great reflection of a countries culture and society. This has led to me traveling around the world documenting Football, Baseball, Cricket, Sumo, and the recent Winter Olympics held here in Korea. Since Loughborough I have exhibited widely in the UK, Korea, and USA and my work is held in the collection of museums, galleries, sports teams, players and fans worldwide.

What do you love the most about teaching art at an international school in Jeju?

Teaching internationally is a fantastic experience. It has allowed me to travel extensively and work with students from all over the world. Through this my own understanding of Art has developed and I have learnt a huge amount from the young people I work with.

What motivated your move to South Korea?

After teaching in the UK for a few years I knew that I wanted to travel and work. I was considering teaching English abroad, but then stumbled across an advert for a position teaching Art and Design in a city called Busan in South Korea. I moved in January 2009 as a three-month maternity cover. I have been in Korea ever since.

What is your favourite piece of art that you have created?

I don’t have a favourite as such, as each piece has its own significance. My most popular piece was a portrait of the Queen made from 1,000 tea bags that I made for my final degree show in 2002 at Loughborough. 2002 was the Queens Golden Jubilee, and the timing of that piece of work seemed to capture the spirit of the time. It led to many experiences I had expected including a letter from Buckingham Palace, appearances on BBC TV and radio, articles in newspapers worldwide ever since, and a question about the piece appearing in the board game Trivial Pursuit. It’s all quite incredible!

What does the future hold for you?

This summer I am travelling around America painting Baseball ball parks and the towns and people surrounding the sport. I am planning on attending over 30 games in more than 8 states, documenting and recording what I see. After which I am hoping to exhibit the work, or make it into a book. In the long term, I would like to travel and paint, recording different cultures and facets of life worldwide. I am looking for support and help in doing this.

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