VESSEY, Andrew John

1945 - ?

Andrew Vessey

Born at Edmonton, London in July 1945, son of Norman Stanley M. Vessey (17 March 1914-1996), wholesale food buyer, and his wife Frances G. née Bompas, who married at Hendon, Middlesex in 1941. He attended at St Alban's School before studying Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and trained to teach at Bishop Otter College, Chichester 1964-1967. His teaching career focussed on teaching Art and Art History in secondary schools including at Bury St Edmund's and others both in the UK and abroad, combined with music, drama and pastoral responsibilities. For two years he worked as Arts Officer in the Poole Arts Centre, Dorset, now the Lighthouse, running the galleries, concert programmes and residencies. In 1986 ordained into the Church of England ministering in a variety of posts, including a curacy at Framlingham 1986-1989 also taking in of a wider sphere of Worcester Diocesan life, during which time his painting and drawing became restricted by work but he managed to exhibit regularly at the same time organising Arts Festivals for the Church and local community. His last post before retirement was as Team Rector of Central Swansea, Church in Wales, was based at the Collegiate and Civic Church of St Mary. On retirement he returned to Suffolk, full of family connections and holiday homes, based largely on Southwold. His work consists of familiar river valleys and coastal estuaries, captured mainly in ink, water colour and pastel directly on location converting some ideas into larger more reflective paintings in gouache and oil in his studio at The Laurels, Fressingfield, Eye, some of which resonate with themes that appear in scripture and biblical story. Besides his painting Andrew is also in choral and classical music, singing as is a member of the Phoenix Choir in Framlingham and has regularly written poetry. A member of Harleston & Waveney Art Trail, an Open Studios network with whom he exhibits and at other regional and local galleries.

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