Ian Hamilton Finlay & John Andrew Et in Arcadia Ego 1976 © By courtesy of the estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay / © Estate of John Andrew

Biography

Born 1933
Died 2021
Nationality English
Birth place London

Born in Bethnal Green in London, Andrew was evacuated during the Second World War to Manchester and Twickenham. He left school at 16 and was apprenticed as a stone carver, before studying sculpture and graphic design at the Royal College of Art (his contemporaries included David Hockney and Pauline Boty (1938–1966). Andrew is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Ian Hamilton Finlay, working from the early 1970s on more than 30 sculptures for Finlay’s Lanarkshire garden, Little Sparta. He was also closely involved in the group Memorials by Artists (now the Lettering Arts Trust), a collective of sculptors and carvers specialising in headstone and memorial commissions.