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Andrew Ledgerwood-Walker – The Road to Abstraction
8th July 2023 - 17th September 2023
The Road to Abstraction – Paintings and Sculptures by Andrew Ledgerwood-Walker
Wed-Mon (closed Tues) 11:00-16:00
This exhibition brings together works by Andrew Ledgerwood-Walker that, both literally and
metaphorically, map the journey he and his art have taken over the past twenty years.
The exhibition opens with a painting from the Permanent Collection – Yellow Fields, Tweed
Valley, 2003 – created whilst the artist lived in Smailholm. It moves on to show how,
painting en plain air locally, Andrew’s work began to undergo changes that would see it
become increasingly abstract.
From Smailholm, painting in the fields and hills, he began to commute to a studio in
Edinburgh where he used studies made from the Borders landscape to create larger studio-
based work, before moving to the East Lothian coast in 2014.
Searching to find the roots of the ‘British Abstract Painting Tradition’ and following strong
family connections to the sea, the artist moved to Cornwall in 2016. Here, in a studio in
Newlyn, it was important for Andrew to experience first-hand and understand how abstract
art linked to nature, our weather and our planet.
More recently, the journey has become complete as Andrew Ledgerwood-Walker has
returned to his home in the Scottish Borders and settled in Coldstream, where he remains
close to the coast at Berwick.
There are two exciting events taking place in conjunction with this exhibition. Andrew
Ledgerwood-Walker is leading a day of ‘Painting in the Park’ at Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick
on Saturday 22 July, 10:00-15:00. You will need to bring your own materials for this free
event. Boards will be available borrow and sketch pads to buy. For more information and
to book your place please visit www.liveborders.org.uk
Andrew is hosting a two-day tutored outdoor workshop titled ‘The Road to Abstraction’ in
Wilton Lodge Park on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, 10:00-16:00. Aimed at those who
are already painting in some way, you will have the opportunity to learn about his road to
abstract art as he guides to develop your own work. The cost is £80, bring your own
materials. For more information and to book your place please visit www.liveborders.org.uk
I am delighted to be working with Hawick Museum on my upcoming exhibition which will
span twenty years of my work, beginning with a painting of the Border hills from 2003 – now
in the Museum’s collection – to paintings made on the East Lothian coast and work from my
years painting at my studio in Newlyn, Cornwall. Now back living in the Borders, ‘Road to
Abstraction’ is the journey that both myself and my work have taken.
Andrew Ledgerwood-Walker, artist