Andrew Burns Colwill is a 60 year old street artist from Bristol in southwest England. In his interviews Colwill said he always “felt a need” to express himself artistically, producing his first work at 5. His artistic path started in school where he would sit in the back of the classroom and draw and paint to stay out of trouble. Then he started painting scenic artwork for the BBC, backdrops for theatre companies and murals around Bristol and eventually left school without any qualification.
By 1988 his self confidence grew and he made his first exhibition. Andrew’s later work was influenced by a large amount of alcohol and drugs. To escape his dependency and himself, he moved to Greece where he lived by selling his artwork to tourists or to pub and bar owners. He now perceives his work as a way to compensate the time he has lost while being under the influence. His works turn the attention of the spectator to the problems that we are having, to the wrong direction that the society has turned Earth to. Colwill’s work is taking on a decidedly more political, environmentally conscious and anti-fascist tone. He said during his interview: “I don’t want to be brash, ignorant or obtrusive towards people’s beliefs, but I have to say what I think. If we were all just a little more active and involved politically, we could change so many things.”