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Andrew Tift

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Andrew Tift
Walsall, England

Andrew Tift (born 1968) is a British realist portraitist.

Early life

Andrew Tift was born in 1968 in Walsall, England.[1][2] He was educated at the Stafford College of Art.[2][3] He then graduated from the University of Central England.[2]


He is a realist portraitist.[3] In 1998, he did a portrait of Tony Benn, a Labour Member of Parliament from 1950 to 2001.[4] He also did a portrait of Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, who served as a Labour Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2009.[3] His portrait of Ken Livingstone, who served as the Labour Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008, has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery since 2014.[5] He was also commissioned by the House of Lords to do a portrait of Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington.

He was the recipient of the BP Travel Award in 1995 for Sayonara Pet.[3] In 2006, he received the BP Portrait Award for his triptych of Kitty Garman, Lucian Freud's first wife, entitled Kitty.[3][6] The triptych is now at the New Art Gallery in Walsall.[6]

Personal life

He resides in the West Midlands.[3]


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