Andrew Grassie was born in Edinburgh (UK) in 1966.
He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in 1984-88 and the Royal College of Art in 1988-90.
Solo shows include Jason & Rhodes Gallery London, Mobile Home Gallery London, Paul Morris Gallery New York, Tate Britain, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and Sperone Westwater, New York.
A casual glance at one of Andrew Grassie's diminutive, hyper-realistic pictures, one might think they are viewing documentation photographs of an exhibition or of an artist's studio. A closer inspection reveals Andrew Grassie's works to be carefully constructed paintings made using egg tempera-based pigments, an antiquated medium known for its permanence - a remarkable juxtaposition to the fragility and disposability of photography.
Grassie's paintings depict renowned exhibition spaces strewn with the detritus of installation preparations, they propose imagined exhibitions, capture paintings in progress, and portray the purgatorial atmosphere of gallery storage spaces. The intimate scale and pensiveness of his production imbues his works with a self-reflexive and deeply considered narration of the insularity of art production and the internal mechanisms and contrivances of institutions.