Photo quiz: As Norfolk artist’s work sells for more than £1.1m can you guess how much his other paintings sold for?

PUBLISHED: 14:36 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 23 August 2016

One of Michael Andrews' paintings that sold at 

One of Michael Andrews' paintings that sold at Christie's.


He is a painter described by one critic as “what most English artists dream of being”.

Michael Andrews. 
Picture by Hary Diamond
/National Portrait Gallery, LondonMichael Andrews. Picture by Hary Diamond /National Portrait Gallery, London

But unless you are an avid art fan, you probably wouldn’t know of Norfolk artist Michael Andrews, or that his works now sell for more than £1m.

An eclectic artist with a small portfolio, Andrews’ paintings have become hot property among his followers.

The latest big sale saw his work, Sax AD 832 – an image of his home village of Saxlingham Nethergate, painted in 1982 – sell at Christies in London for £1.142,500.

Born in Norwich in 1928 and raised in the city, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

His time in the capital saw him become part of a loose school of painters which included Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and R.B Kitaj.

His works, many of which feature Norfolk scenes, now hang in galleries around the world, including two at Norwich Castle Museum.

Harriet Loffler, the museum’s curator, said Andrews’ work had inspired a small but passionate following.

“He’s an artist that attracts fans who love his work, rather than collectors who buy art as an investment.

“He also wasn’t that prolific so when his work comes up there’s always lots of interest.

“But there’s something about his paintings that really captures people’s imagination; something about the way he sees the human spirit,” she said. Andrews died in 1995 and a retrospective of his work was held at the Tate in 2001.

But despite the devotion of his supporters, his work has never captured the popular imagination in the same way as his contemporaries.

Mrs Loffler said that was despite his varied and innovative back catalogue.

“He worked in a variety of styles, and was quite original in his techniques.

“One critic described him as having ‘a mysterious conventionality’, which I think is quite fitting.”

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