Andrew Briggs

Gresley A4 pacific Bittern nears Sleaford - Winter 2015

In his own words...
Although born too late to see the active days of steam trains I inherited a love for railways from my Father, who worked at Copley Hill Motive Power Depot (nothing glamorous – just in the Office!) and from my trainspotting uncle.
I am a self-taught artist. Away from my profession of an Architectural Technician, my spare time is devoted to painting and my artwork.
At the age of nine I won a national painting competition to celebrate the seven millionth sale of the Thomas the Tank Engine series of books meeting the author, the Rev’d Awdry, and the chance to spend the day with him on the Bluebell Railway.
I became an Associate Member of the Guild of Railway Artists in 1995.
Holidays in Whitby give me the opportunity to photograph the beauty of steam and its related architecture of which many pieces of my work feature. I am also a member of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Away from railways I have completed commissions for numerous football clubs including Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur in the guise of caricatures in their matchday programmes.
Seascapes and farm animals also feature in my artwork.


My Favourite View

This work features B1 No 61264 departing from Whitby with the first train of the day for Pickering.

825 at Levisham

SR S15 No 825 at Levisham on the North York Moors Railway. This was exhibited at Railart York in 2015.

The Secret World of the Signal Box

The architecture of the railways fascinates me especially the secret world of the signal box. The work features Grosmont on the North York Moors Railway.

Grosmont 60s

Another painting featuring the N.Y.M.R and the Q6. The view is at Grosmont but with a fictional nod to the 60’s via the television series ‘Heartbeat’ which was filmed in the area.

Everything Stops For Tea & Every Boys Dream

My Wife treated me to a footplate ride on the North York Moors Railway for my 40th Birthday. ’Every Boys Dream’ features the Q6 No 63395. The driver saw my painting and now owns it!
‘Everything Stops for Tea’ was the outward journey of my trip. This features 9F No 92214 Cock o’ the North and depicts the fireman taking a breather between his hard work.

Sleaford Streak

This work features the last main line run of Bittern. This was exhibited at Railart 2015 at the National Railway Museum in York.