Andrew Mania is like a collector of curiosities, or a cultural vagrant.
He recycles found images - old master drawings or photographs - and then adds his own obsessions or dialogues, such as Yeti’s, UFOs or birdlike swarms. He has become known for his portraits featuring young, glamorous subjects who often stare directly back at the viewer. Surrounded by floral decorative elements, or with laser-like beams radiating from their faces, they evoke the mystical qualities of religious iconography.
He has had numerous exhibitions, including a solo show at Chisenhale, London, John Connelly Presents, New York in 2005, and at the Holburne Museum, Bath in 2007. Other exhibitions include: Guggenheim New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Peres Projects LA, Peter Kilchman Gallery in Zurich and Yvon Lambert Gallery NY. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions including: Nothing but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2011); Evening’s Tears, Morning’s Dew, Ancient and Modern, London (2011); Just Photography, Martos Gallery, New York (2011). He was awarded the Rome Scholarship in 2004.
Andrew Mania is represented by Vilma Gold, London.
Paper Size: 76cm x 67cm