a short introduction

This site is meant to give an overview of my work over the last 50 years or so and also serves as a digital archive.  Whilst it is not a complete, comprehensive record of my work, more of an overview, which I attempt to update as regularly as I can.

Having originally studied painting I have spent most of my time making 3D work in the conventional sense of individual objects or groups of objects, as pieces to be photographed, actual installations or, for the last twenty two years, virtual objects. These works take the form of 3D abstract animated movies and prints. This digital work  concentrates on making non-narrative animated time-based images which can be shown in dedicated art spaces, festivals or privately

At the beginning of my move to making digital pieces I was part of a small group of artists showing at the Colville Place Gallery, run mainly by Keith Watson, between 1987 and its demise about 2002. Sadly the gallery and its effort was completely ignored by the establishment art world but now seems to surfacing again, at least in academic circles.

The actual iconography of this later work relies on, takes from and develops my non- digital output so is a continuation of it.  My autodidactic personality is reflected in the diversity and variety of the work which sometimes surprises me.

I’m just completing a complete edition of the Moving pieces on Blu-ray DVD which means that for the first time they can be owned and viewed on a reliable system without their appearance being compromised by compression.

My work can be found in various private collections throughout the world.

About navigating within the site:

The site should open with a page which has a banner at the top and a picture of me under a heading “A short introduction“. In the top grey area below my NAME drag your cursor on to ‘digital prints’ (as an example) which should then highlight. Click on it and the page should become ‘Introduction to the digital print section‘. Use the scroll bar on the right to progress through the pages. Eventually you will reach the end of the page where there is an instruction ‘ ← previous‘. Clicking on this will take you to the next set of pages. Eventually the instruction will change to: ‘previousnext‘, keep on with the ‘previous‘  until you get to the end of the section – ‘Cruciform prints’  you will then have to keep clicking on ‘ next →’ until you eventually return to the beginning again. This sounds like a tedious process but there are over 20 years of prints there and they do change over the years.

The principle is the same for the other catagories.

A bit about  the CRUCIFORM IMAGES:  The “X” form which occurred in my work for just under 20 years had no connection with religion. The form itself, appeared to me, to be one of the most stable artifacts I could use which encompassed but did not encase space within it’s visual influence. This skeletal structure allowed me to impose upon it various visual guises which changed its appearance without loosing it’s intrinsic stability – why I felt the need for this subjective stability is still a mystery to me.  At various times its use has almost been a cliche but this aspect appealed to me and made it an even more attractive. The form also appears when academics and analysts of pictorial work seek to demonstrate the latent, underlying structures within the work.

Videos: A direct link to the moving image section of my work is by using:


This should give you the list of work in the order they were made. If not please use the ‘sort: alphabetically’ option just above the  movies which put them in their chronological order.

There should also be a dircct link to each work on their own page.

Please let me know if you find any faults in the working of the site – thanks.

A special thanks to Prisca Schmarsow < prisca@eyedea.eu > for hosting and supporting this site over these years although I am now running the site on my own.

Andrew Greaves        2021