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Andrew Tift Nirvana Nevermind

Andrew Tift
Nirvana - Nevermind (Doppelgänger)
86 cm x 51 cm
Acrylic on board with record cover

English portrait artist Andrew Tift is renowned internationally for his realistic drawings and paintings. His meticulously observed and detailed work is the result of an extremely exacting process with each painting taking many hundreds of hours to complete. He won the BP Portrait of the Year Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 1995 for his triptych of Kitty Garman, Lucien Freud’s first wife. His work is included in many public and private collections around the world.

For ‘Cover Versions’, Tift is exhibiting three paintings from his ‘Doppelganger Series’, one created especially for the exhibition. In a departure from his normal portraits, these paintings are an attempt to memorialise an object, in this case record covers. With his customary detail, Tift depicts not only the imagery of the sleeves but their history - the creases, scuffs, tears, and discolouration. Presented alongside the painting are the sleeves themselves. The mass produced and nearly worthless objects are elevated through Tift’s devotion – a transfiguration of charity shop junk into icons of our recent past.

Tift has said about the work, “It was an exercise in purely objective painting, to almost recreate the original object in paint…exactly the same size. It reflects my interest in diptychs, realism and objects. The records in this series are not necessarily my choice of artist, rather that I found them in charity shops or people gave them to me. It was the damage and erosion which interested me and their connection to a specific period in time”.

Andrew Tift website
National Portrait Gallery

Return To Sender
Elvis Sings - Return to Sender
(Doppelgänger)

Acrylic on board

Voodoo Childe
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile
(Doppelgänger)
Acrylic on board
Space Oddity
David Bowie - Space Oddity
(Doppelgänger)
Acrylic on board
Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
(Doppelgänger)
Acrylic on board
Return To Sender

Andrew Tift
Wham - Last Christmas (Doppelgänger)
Acrylic on board with record cover

COVER VERSIONS

A group exhibition curated by Anthony and Graham Dolphin
1 April - 1 May 2022, Abject Gallery, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland
9 July - 4 September 2022, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter