Biography and CV
Andrew Carnie is a contemporary visual artist practicing in the UK. His main concerns focus upon the interface of art and science, often working in collaboration with scientists, though not exclusively. His approach is media agnostic, using methodologies and media as informed by the context, concepts, and concerns. Large-scale installations and environments are a key part of his practice, exploring subjects such as heart transplants, metabolism, and neurological conditions – these immersive works engage audiences in how we see ourselves through the world of science. In a darkened space layered images appear and disappear on suspended screens, the developing display absorbing the viewer into an expanded sense of space and time through the slowly unfolding narratives that evolve before and around them.
Painting and sculpting have an enduring place in his practice, but video, projection, and installation are his primary strengths. He creates environments that are endlessly fascinating around subjects, like immunology, epilepsy, autism, and body augmentation that intrigue him, audiences becoming caught up in these transformative works.
He is currently an emeritus member of the staff at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England. He was born in 1957, studied chemistry and painting at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, then zoology and psychology at Durham University, before starting and finishing a degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. Andrew then completed his Master’s degree in the Painting School, at the Royal College of Art. He has continued as a practicing artist ever since. In 2003 he was the Picker Fellow at Kingston University.
His work has been exhibited at the Science Museum, London, the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam, the Design Museum, Zurich, at Amnesty International Headquarters London, at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London and Exit Art, in New York, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Great North Museum, Newcastle, and the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Dresden Hygiene-Museum, the Morevska Gallery in Brno, Babel Gallery, Norway, PHI, part of the DHC gallery in Montreal, Canada and extensively at GV Art in London. A new static version of Magic Forest has been installed at the Wellcome Trust headquarters, in London. His work is represented in collections in England, Germany, and America.
Most recently, through 2022 and 2023 work has been shown at the CCCB, Barcelona, Brain Observatory, San Diego, Kunsthall Charlottenborg, København, RSU Anatomical Museum, Riga, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, and the Science Gallery, Bengaluru.
Andrew Carnie is supported by Mark Segal at theartistsagency