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Andrew Finnie - Artist and Illustrator


Andrew Finnie (Australian, 1957- ) trained in fine art at Newcastle Art School (TAFE) in both the 1980's and the 1990's.

In 2001 he helped found Newcastle's well known ‘The Seven Painters’ group. He is a veteran of more than 50 group exhibitions - including 11 with The Seven Painters.


His work can be found in a number of private and public collections including The Chris and Helen Ford Collection, The Lock-Up Collection, the Newcastle Grammar School Collection and the Collection of the Uniting Church.


Over the last few years he has been a feature artist in several magazines, most recently Cd3e magazine and Studio La Primitive Art Zine. In 2011 he published a book of his paintings entitled Andrew Finnie, Newcastle Artist.  In 2016 he edited and published Artists and Artisans - The Newcastle Community Arts Centre.


Though well known as a  traditional painter, in recent years his digital work has seen increasing exposure.
In 2014 he was invited by Newcastle Now, the city’s business improvement association, to create their Christmas Advent Calendar using digital media. In association with this event his work decorated Christmas banners in Newcastle City’s main mall in both 2014 and 2015.

In 2015 he was invited, again as a digital artist, to participate in Terrigal’s prestigious ‘5 Lands En Plein Air’ event - the first digital artist to do so. He was invited again in 2016.
Later that year (2015) he was proud to show his large digital painting ‘The Body of Christ, The Tree of Life’ at Adamstown Uniting Church - a work which is now in the collection of the Uniting Church.

More recently he was invited to work in Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s grounds as an artist in residence using traditional materials.

In both 2016 and 2017 he was a finalist in the Newcastle Club Foundation Painting prize.

As well as working with traditional media, he is a digital artist, an animator, an illustrator and writer. He is represented by Anna Olswanger, Senior Literary Agent at Olswanger Literary, N.Y.

The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball presently at Maitland Regional Art Gallery is his first solo show.



2018 “The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball”, solo at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

2018 'Dogs in Art' Gallery 139

2017 Short listed for the Newcastle Club Foundation Painting prize.

2017 'Gallery 139 Presents', Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington.

2016 Short listed for the Inaugural Newcastle Club Foundation Painting prize.

2016: 'The Seven Painters: Sweet Sixteen" Newcastle Art Space (November)

2016: '5 Lands En Plein Air' Art House Gallery Wyong (November)

2016: 'Tenants Show' Newcastle Art Space

2016: 'Dogs in Art' Gallery 139

2015: 'Double Wrapup' Gallery 139

2015: "The Seven Painters: The First Fifteen": Newcastle Art Space

2015: '5 Lands En Plein Air': KAB Gallery, Terrigal.

2015: 'Patterns': Gallery 139.

2015: 'An Ecological Eye.' Adamstown Arts

2015: 'Beginnings': Gallery 139.

2014: 'Christmas Advent Calender with Newcastle Now'

2014: 'Kiss my Arts 2'

2014: "Spring Salon." Newcastle Art Space

2014: "Blood.": Newcastle Art Space

2014: "The Seven Painters: Celebrating 14 years.": Newcastle Art Space

2014: Opening Exhibition of Cstudios

2014: "Nature Remembered" finalist in the Laman Street Prize.

2013: "Boxes": NAS

2013" Yule Fest" ASW

2013: The Seven Painters" Art for Health.

2013: "Letters to The Future" NAS

2013: "Tenant's Show": NAS

2013: "Nightmares": NAS

2012: "Yule Fest" "Art Systems Wickham

2012: "Postcard Show": NAS

2012: "Menage a Quatre: " (with Sieglinde Battley and Robert Birch) John Paynter Gallery

2011: "Seven Painters: Nobbys": John Paynter Gallery

2011: "Happily Ever After": John Paynter Gallery and Artspace Mackay

2011:"Noetic": Newcastle Art Space

2010: "Mate": Newcastle Art Space

2010: "Seven Painters": John Paynter Gallery

2009: "Menage a TroisJohn Paynter Gallery

2008:"Welded" (with Tom Ireland and Patricia Williamsz) Newcastle Art Space

2008:"Seven Painters": John Paynter Gallery

2007:"Seven Painters": John Paynter Gallery

2007:"Ten Ant Art": Newcastle Art Space.

2007:"Annual Emerging Artist's Exhibition": Newcastle Art Space

2007:"Foolscap Exhibition": John Miller Galleries

2006:"Six Painters": John Paynter Gallery

2006:"Nature Strip": John Paynter Gallery : curated by Peter Lankis

2006:"Annual Emerging Artist's Exhibition": Newcastle Art Space

2005:"Eight Painters": John Paynter Gallery

2004:"Bridges to Bridegrooms": John Paynter Gallery

2002:"Newcastle Eclectic Painter's Collaborative": Intrados Gallery

2001:"Annual Emerging Artist's Exhibition": Newcastle Art Space

2000:"Blink: And You'll Miss It". : Newcastle Tafe


Selected Publications and Literature

2017: A Feature Artist in Studio La Primitive Arts Zine, November Issue

2016 Artists and Artisans - The Newcastle Community Arts Centre (book)

2001-2018: Various Newcastle Herald Reviews

2013: A Feature Artist in Studio La Primitive Arts Zine issue 2

2011: The True Story of Hansel and Franke (self published hardback book)

2011: Andrew Finnie Newcastle Artist

2010: Feature Artist C3DE Magazine: Issue 5

2008: Feature Artist Dotan8 Magazine: July Edition


Commercial Animations

2010: ' Underwater Worlds' -10 minute animation, used in teaching at Canberra Institute of Technology.



1990 Certificate in Painting: Newcastle Art School (TAFE)

1999 Certificate in Fine Art: Newcastle Art School (TAFE)



Illustration Portfolio:

Illustration Video:

Book of Paintings:

Illustration Blog: (260,000 visits)

Facebook :

Maitland Regional Art Gallery:

Art Almanac :

Literary Agent: Anna Olswanger, Senior Literary Agent, Olswanger Literary Agency, New York.

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