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The Fool 2 by Andrew Baines

Andrew Baines
I was born in Colchester, England in 1963, emigrating to Australia with my parents shortly thereafter. Initially we settled at Para Vista in South Australia. It was here my mother became aware of my early talent for art when an astonished kindergarten teacher showed her my aerial perspective drawing of the area we lived in.

At the age of eight we moved to the coastal suburb of Grange, where the beach became a major part of my life.Come summer holidays, the family packed bags and headed off to find new and unexplored beaches. Cobowie on Yorke Peninsula, Rapid Bay, Normanville and Kangaroo Island. The ever changing beach became a metaphor for my life.

Aged ten I attended painting classes at the Henley and Grange Art Society. I also got my first paying job as a cartoonist for a local soccer paper (one dollar a cartoon...there was money to be made from art) By the time I was eleven I was selling pencil sketches for five dollars to teachers and parents at the Grange Primary school.

I left school at sixteen and began work at John Martins retail store. I painted back drops for window displays and at Christmas helped to produce the magic cave. At John Martins I met my one and only love, my now wife, Jacqueline. When we first met, Jacqueline didn't know a lot about art, but over the years has developed quite a passion for art (luckily) and has become the back bone of my career.

I was accepted into the South Australian School of Art, Underdale Campus, on the strength of my talent, as I hadn't completed my schooling.

At twenty one I resigned from John Martins to start 'Baines Graphics', producing murals, cartoons, etc. I worked for many high profile companies, the likes of BP Australia, The Australian Grand Prix, S.A. Soccer Federation and numerous publications.

In my twenties I became aware of Andy Warhol, David Hockney and closer to home Prohart and
Ken Done, all very different, but I saw in them all a life I wanted.

At twenty four I married Jacqueline. We rented a flat at Henley Beach before buying a house at Grange. We have three daughters; Skye 15, Jemma 11 and Amber 10 years old.

Since my late twenties I struggled with the decision to give up commercial art and become a fulltime artist. Jacqueline knew of my desire to be an artist but when you have three kids, a house, bills, dogs, cats etc... the idea seemed a joke. After work and on weekends I grasped at the few hours I had, and chased my dream. Painting, drawing, and marketing my art to galleries. I made some inroads, but to be successful I had to spend a lot more time.

One day Jacqueline said, ''Give up everything, lets chase your dream, I know we'll struggle, but you deserve a chance.'' That day I excitedly rang all my commercial customers telling them the good news (they didn't greet my decision with the same enthusiasm that it was delivered with) a lot leaving the door open, just in case things didn't work out. But for me there was no turning back, it was do or die. I thought I would start at the top, so I made an appointment with Russell Starke, Director of Greenhill Galleries. I lay six paintings against the wall,''I love them'' Russell announced. ''I have an opening this Sunday at one o'clock, we'll find some room and see what happens''. Come Sunday at three o'clock four paintings had sold...I've never looked back.

Open: Tue Fri 10am 5pm: Sat 9.30am 5pm: Also open on Sun 11th & 18th December and on Christmas Eve 10am 4pm

Contact: Dan Lewis
Artery Gallery
22 King Street, Crieff Perthshire PH7 3HA
Tel: 01764 655 722 email

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