This Artist is a passionate naturalist. Whilst living in Watamu he has developed a wide range of beguiling fine art and functional pieces entirely made from found recycled or sustainable objects.
Andrew McNaughton was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1950. He attended Hill School Eldoret for his primary education, went on to Duke of York School of Nairobi and finished by spending four years of Berkshire College of Art studying Production Design. The subsequent 30 years have been spent engaged in interior design both in the UK and Nairobi; however all of his projects have always contained elements of fine art.
All Andrewâ€™s creations are environmentally sound and are fabricated from found materials in the Malindi area of Kenya. This found material is mostly collected from beaches and river inlets fueled from the Indian Ocean. Andrew uses seemingly unlikely items, such as tooth brushes, flip flops, bottle tops as well as natural materials. You will find examples of his recent art work some traditionally done and others using new methods of creation.
Andrew creates his pieces from his workshop at his home in Watamu. He mentors several local carpenters who are dedicated to each of his pieces. Those with aptitude he encourages to create their own work, which have been exhibited in Nairobi.
Andrew advises WMA on methods of recycling beach rubbish and other found items as part of the Community Recycling Project
Six of Andrewâ€™s pieces are shown here:-
Main Picture, King Simba Malapa. Born Free have commissioned 50 artists in Kenya for their interpretations of lions to be auctioned at a later date in Nairobi as a lion conservation fundraiser. He is made out of fibreglass and old flip flop flops recovered by Andrew from Watamu Marine Park beach.
Right hand side images, top to bottom show:-
Giraffe Seat wooden chair
Workshop – artist working with local carpenters.
Globe– capok wood on capok base
Balls – Flipflop sphere
Mushrooms Designed with flip flops