A PAINTER who has survived the challenges posed during the lockdowns is raising spirits with some uplifting artworks on display at the World of Glass.

Andrew Alan Johnson has had a love of art throughout his life but made the decision to work on his painting full time seven years ago.

The self-taught artist managed to overcome the adversities posed throughout lockdown, including having his usual opportunity to have work displayed at the Cheshire Art Show cancelled two years in a row.

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One of Andrew's works at the World of Glass

The 47-year-old, who featured in the Star after he auctioned off a painting to thank NHS staff last year, has stayed true to his gift through that time.

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"I was working in graphic design but I didn't feel fulfilled with it so in 2014 I took a leap of faith and started painting," said Andrew, who studied a degree in animation at Dundee earlier in his life.

"It has been successful and far more fulfilling for me."

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Andrew added he likes to create "uplifting and hope filled pieces of art" with texture colour and light and he prefers to use acrylic paints.

He paints a lot of florals and landscapes and his hopeful theme is expressed once again in his latest works on show at the World of Glass.

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Called Rapture, the exhibition, which was initially for one month, has been extended to the end of October.

"Over the last few years I have been developing a style and getting myself in some art shows but that had been postponed because of Covid," Andrew, from Thatto Heath, added.

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"I normally exhibit in Chester from November.

"Rapture is just showcasing a lot of my work.

"A lot of people don't realise how three-dimensional it is just by looking at the photographs."

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  • See andrewalanart.com for more about Andrew and here for more about the exhibition which has been extended to the end of October.