Andrew Gemmill
watercolour artist
About Andrew

Born and educated in England, Andrew Gemmill has been painting since childhood. At school he won numerous art prizes and continued to widen his interest in art, visiting France, Germany, Italy and Spain to see the great galleries of Europe. After gaining a degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford University, he studied painting and drawing with Signorina Nerina Simi in Florence, who taught the same methods which had been used by her father, a pupil of a pupil of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century French master Ingres.

Since coming to Australia in 1982, Andrew has discovered that Melbourne has become a true world centre for watercolour painting. After retiring from a business career, he owned and ran Gallery 21, Melbourne's leading watercolour art gallery for several years. He now paints full time and has been teaching watercolour at his home in Richmond, and in 2000 started taking watercolour and drawing classes at the McClelland Guild of Artists in Frankston. He has exhibited at the Kew Gallery in Melbourne as well as at the Rotary, School and other shows which are such a feature of the artistic life of the city and has won many awards for his work. He has had four successful one man shows with the Jenny Pihan Fine Art Gallery in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton. He also exhibits and has sold work at the Geedon Gallery in Essex, the Wyecliffe Gallery Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, both in England, the Sandy Garvin Gallery in Essex, Connecticut, USA and the Chester Gallery in Chester, Connecticut, USA.

In 2006 he was invited to teach watercolour at the American School in Switzerland and at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne, where he has been the only non-botanical art teacher. He continues to teach near his home in Richmond, in Melbourne and at the McClelland Guild of Artists in Frankston and has given demonstrations at various art clubs and societies in Melbourne and other locations in Victoria and South Australia.

After two years in office, he has recently stepped down as the President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria. In 2011 he was elected a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

Andrew's approach to watercolour is very much the impressionistic approach, although 'Suggestivism' might be a better way to describe it and he is hesitant to attach himself to any particular school of painting. Watercolour is so spontaneous a medium that freshness and speed of execution are vitally important to him. His aim is to capture the fresh, vigorous and fleeting moment, in light and colour and energy. He travels a great deal and his work is represented in collections in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

  Andrew Gemmill - Watercolour Artist