Andrew Cole's work primarily takes the form of mixed media paintings which are abstract in their nature. There is an overarching theme which focuses on humans and the actions that we take as humans, but as absences rather than presences, and through the traces left behind on ruined and damaged forms. If the human form is used, it tends to be abstracted, distorted or disrupted in some way, rather than being rendered realistically as a physical form. Cole explores the impact and processes of human thinking, either as an abstract conceptual space or through the lens of history, politics, philosophy, and literature. This thinking is represented by marks on textured surfaces, which are designed to evoke natural or constructed, virtual or actual landscapes.

Cole is a British artist who currently lives and works in Shanghai, China and has previously lived in Oman, Thailand and South Africa. His work has been shown and collected in Europe, Africa and Asia.



Nottingham University, 2010 - 2012

BA Art History and English Literature

University of South Africa, 2002 - 2005

Selected Exhibitions


Experience Outside

Gui Zhi Gallery (Wanzhou, China)



Visual Field

FRONT at the Tianjin Binhai Art Museum (Tianjin, China)

In the Name of the Painting

Mei Bo Gallery (Shanghai, China)


Red and Fruit

Rove Art (Beijing, China)


On the Scene

Yinuo Gallery (Shanghai, China)


ArtLoazi Online Exhibition

LIS Gallery (China)

Unbounded Online Exhibition

FRONT (China)



In Mourning, In Memoriam

Shanghai Ladyfest (Shanghai, China)

After Hiroshima # and Beyond

IoDeposito at B#S Gallery (Venice, Italy)

A Better World

MASH Gastropub (Shenzhen, China)



Desert Paintings

(Sur, Oman) May



Bamboo Cafe

(Bangkok, Thailand)

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