Andrew Tift has been working as a portrait artist for over 20 years, winning the BP Portrait Award in 2006. He is a figurative realist painter and predominantly specialises in portraiture. He works in a highly detailed, intensely realistic manner and aims for an absolutely pure and objective likeness. Specific environments and narrative objects are often extremely important ingredients to his portraits as they can help to reflect and reinforce the sitter's identity. He seeks to convey people in the most understanding, intimate and sympathetic way.