Andy McCready is a painter and illustrator based in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she can generally be found at punk rock gigs or partaking of the free beer at art openings.

Andy holds a few degrees, which, although not particularly useful in day-to-day life, were nonetheless rather interesting to study - a BA (Honours, First Class) and MA (Distinction) in Art History and Theory from the University of Otago and a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Massey University.

These make her eminently qualified to sit in her bedroom and fuss about with paints and pencils.

Her work shares an affinity with so-called 'lowbrow' art, and she simultaneously draws inspiration from and wrings her hands at not living up to the work of contemporary practitioners like John John Jesse, Camille Rose Garcia and Audrey Kawasaki, as well as admiring all the usual suspects from art history - namely those crazy French Surrealists and über-cool American Pop artists.

And for those of you who like this kind of thing.....Andy's favourite colour is grey, if she could be any animal she'd be a ring-tailed lemur, her starsign is Leo and she's a natural redhead, which probably accounts for a lot. She likes quirky brooches, steelcap boots and wishes she could be a character in a Martin Millar book.

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