Collection: Andrew Tyzack

Andrew Tyzack is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a published author and practising painter and printmaker.

He jokingly refers to his practise as the ‘School of Anorak’, a reference to his meticulous approach to painting whole hives of bees in obsessive, taxonomic detail. He finds himself (the solitary artist) amongst social insects, painting the entire bumblebee communities of Britain, Europe, and America. He renders the pile of the bumblebees’ coats in their specific patterns and colours (like miniature Mark Rothko paintings). Presented in order of species and caste, he sees the bee as a symbol of unity and cooperation, and alludes to their importance as pollinators and to the fragility of the natural world. Andrew is a third generation beekeeper and runs several hives.