This person is on display in the Contributing Wrap in the People Gallery

This person is the co-creator of a mural in the Life Gallery

(1974 - )

Artist and illustrator

Andy Council is a Bristol-based artist who has received international recognition for his work. He has exhibited with the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles who brought the ‘Art from the New World’ exhibition to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 2010. He has also shown his work at the Royal West of England Academy and has a piece in Bristol City Museum's permanent collection.

Andy Council grew up in the city of Bath and settled in Bristol after studying animation at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. Influenced by the street art around him and childhood inspirations like dinosaurs and the 1980s cartoon series ‘Transformers’ (which depicted a war between giant robots that could transform into vehicles and other objects), he developed complex works that combine technology and urban design with the natural world.

His distinctive style often weaves dinosaurs with Bristol’s architectural landmarks to make fantastical beasts. His works also reflect his ability to draw precise, intricate detail using a combination of graphics, ink and paint pen. Andy’s work continues to change and evolve with his focus currently shifting to other animal motifs. Making the link between dinosaurs and modern birds, some of his more recent works feature peacocks and chickens.

His work incorporates many iconic landmarks that capture the city’s character. His work has featured in many books, magazines, and public spaces around the city – including his ‘West Street Horse’ artwork in Bedminster, South Bristol and a large mural, created with fellow artist Luke Palmer, in the Bristol Life Gallery at M Shed.