Strata is multi-layered and contains information on the many strands of my background and exhibitions.

Photo of Andie Clay

Born in London in 1954, Andie studied Graphic Design at The London College of Printing 1971 – 1975. She worked as an art editor, graphic designer and illustrator for magazine and book publishers 1975 – 1983.

Moving to Wales in 1983 provided the catalyst for Andie to commit fully to developing her painting and drawing career. She also became a student of Tai Ji, an ongoing study that informs both her work and her lifestyle on a daily basis.

Andie has exhibited her paintings regularly both in the UK and abroad since1993 and was elected to the Society of Women Artists (SWA) in 2012. She exhibits annually at The Mall Galleries London with the SWA having won the St Cuthberts Award in 2011 and the Frank Herring Award in 2015. Other awards include the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award in 1993 and 2007, Art Matters Open and Artsfest Fishguard.

In 2020 Andie was elected to full membership of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales – patron HRH The Prince of Wales. ‘Whilst painting in watercolour has been described as a “truly English Art” There is a fine tradition of painting in this medium in Wales going back to the late 18th Century.’

‘The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales exists to promote and showcase the art of watercolour, through the paintings of its members. RWSW aims to provide a forum for the continuing appreciation and development of the medium, along with some water based mixed media. In 2007 The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales was honoured when the Prince of Wales agreed to become its Patron having exhibited with us for some years. A further honour followed in 2013 when Her Majesty the Queen agreed that the name of the Watercolour Society of Wales be changed to the Royal Watercolour Society.’

Solo and featured artist exhibitions include ING Discerning Eye – Mall Galleries London, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Arton Gallery Kyoto, Ragley Hall Warwickshire, Affordable Art Fairs London, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Chesea Art Fair. Works purchased include the NHS Wales, Arts Council of Wales, British Embassy Brazil, Young Voices (YV UK). An ongoing series of her sketchbooks are archived at the Brooklyn Art Library New York.

Publications and media coverage include Artists & Illustrators magazine, Galleries magazine, The Guardian, Art Review magazine. Television and radio coverage includes BBC1, BBC2, HTV Wales, Swansea Sound. A member of AXIS, Andie’s work features in ‘Paint: Landscapes’ book published by RotoVision and is included in ‘Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales’.

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