My Time as a ‘Narratetist’ by Andy Bonham

A Brief History of My Time as a ‘Narratetist’ and the Origins of Narrateism

‘Throughout my secondary schooling I always came top in art, and in my final year I capped it off by having a painting hung in a school corridor, ‘The Wall of Fame’, ha! Upon my leaving school the art teacher, Mr. Rank, issued me with a letter of high recommendation for entry into the ‘Grosvenor School of Art’, which I duly attended. However, I was soon to be disappointed with what I considered was a serious lack of dedication by both my fellow pupils and the tutor alike.

Consequently, it wasn’t too long before I eventually decided to drop out. It was then my search for an artistic direction began. This search ended after I briefly studied the works of the masters of old. Their works are neither ‘Old Fashion’ nor ‘Modern’. They are indeed ‘Timeless’. It matters not if the people in the field have pitchforks loading hay onto a cart or just a tractor and bailer. What does matter though, is the story, notwithstanding. I myself prefer none-fiction to fiction. But I must confess I liked the tale of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. Perhaps the parable is as relevant today as ever. So, don’t be duped, let’s get real (istic). The works of the great masters speak for themselves. The paintings narrate to the onlooker, the artist’s emotions and sensibilities. These are all mixed in with the story, and listen with your eyes if you will, and let the heart run free, you become one with the scenery. Every story has a picture. Now please, I beg you, don’t think for one moment that I am trying to put my work in the same gamut as the masters. Good heavens, no! But it is my fervent wish to emulate them as much and as best as I possibly can. Just to get my paintings to narrate the onlooker the story that lies therein.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Narrateism.

From the Narratetist with love.’

~Andy Bonham~

The exhibition will run from 3 December until 17 December 2019 and is dedicated to a wonderful lady Rachel Swindley, who was a devoted supporter of Andy on his artistic journey.

We look forward to seeing you for an afternoon of lovely stories, Andy’s art and some mulled wine between 2 PM till 5 PM at Chester Art Centre on 7 December 2019!

Please bare in mind that it is a Saturday afternoon event, rather than an evening one 🙂


Dec 07 2019


14:00 - 17:00
Chester Art Centre


Chester Art Centre
132 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT
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