Andrew Carnie was born in 1957 and lives and works in Winchester and London as an artist and lecturer. He studied chemistry and painting at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, then zoology and psychology at Durham University, before gaining a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art.
His current practice concerns various scientific topics, primarily in the form of time-based installations. For ‘Head On’, a show on neurology at the Science Museum (in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust) Carnie produced a number of pieces of work centered around memory, the brain, and neuroscience, while working with neuroscientists at the Medical Research Center for Developmental Neurology, Kings College, London. The final work ‘Magic Forest’ was shown at the Science Museum in March 2002.
In July 2002, Carnie presented ‘Disperse’, a new work produced for ‘Hygiene – the art of public health’ at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. The work explores ideas around ‘removal’ and thoughts about the departure of the human body at death, looking at processes by which the body might be physically ‘dispersed’; be rendered back to atomic particles. This work was shown again at the Headquarters of Amnesty International, London, and at New College, Southampton, in November 2002.
Carnie has also run other ventures alongside his practice, like the Carnie Chaple Gallery from 1986 to 1988, and the Tram Depot Gallery, from 1994 to 1996. He has worked as a consultant for Greater London Arts and taught regularly at the Winchester School of Art since 1991 . His work has been exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. His solo shows include; ‘Disperse’ at the Amnesty International Headquarters in London in 2002, ‘Embark’ at the Millais Gallery in Southampton in 2002, ‘Fit to Travel’ at the Tram Depot Gallery in London 1998, ‘Return Journey’ at Columbus University Gallery in Georgia in 1997 and ‘Organic’ at the Tram Depot Gallery in London in 1995.
Group exhibitions have included; ‘Hygiene – the art of public health’ at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, ‘Head On’ at the Science Museum in London and ‘ Silent Motion’ at the Picker Gallery in London in 2002, ‘Urban Shores’ at the Dash Gallery in London and ‘Art and Architecture’ at the British Airways Headquarters in 2000, ‘Summer’ at the Sun & Doves Gallery in London in 1999, ‘Plasticity’ at The Pear Room in Hecklington in Lincolnshire in 1998, the ‘John Moores 16 Exhibition in Liverpool in 1989 and the ‘Whitechapel Open’ at the Whitechaple Gallery in London in 1987, 1989 and 1994.
His work is represented in collections in England, Germany, and the US.