Country: Kenya • Medium: Reclaimed materials
Andrew McNaughton was born in Benghazi Libya in 1950. He attended the Hill School in Eldoret followed by The Duke of York School in Nairobi. In 1968 he moved to the UK to study Three Dimensional and Product Design at the Berkshire College of Art for four years. He returned to Nairobi in 1978 where he practised as a commercial interior design consultant for 30 years. He has three children. ??Andrew has always ensured that fine art featured in all his interiors as much as possible. This colourful artist is a passionate naturalist and now lives near the beach in Watamu on the Indian Ocean. Andrew has spent time developing his Art philosophy by being a keen observer and spending much time combing the beaches of Kenya for interesting objects. His palette consists of driftwood, defunct canoes, dhow wood, flip-flops and all manner of jetsam and flotsam. All this to create assemblages resulting in fine humorous sculpture and furniture. All of his works comprise of at least 95% recycled or sustainable material. He is much inspired by the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. ??Andrew has exhibited regularly for more than 20 years. He started a company called Artful Brass which was the vehicle to make and sell ornaments, sculptures and items of architectural and interior embellishment and accessories. These were manufactured out of brass and aluminium and cast using the ancient Roman method of sand and molasses in a metal mould box. This was also a wildlife conservation inspired project as the items replicated were all natural objects such as sea shells, other flora and fauna and natural objects.
Andrew has also staged several exhibitions at RaMoMA which have all been a great success.
Last year Andrew was selected with 49 other artists to embellish a life size fibre-glass lion. This lion utilised over 400 flip-flops in its completion. All the lions were on display throughout Nairobi and were auctioned to benefit the Born Free Foundation in order to protect lions in Kenya.