Andrew Gleeson's upbringing was retrospective of a typical conservative Christian family. Through his work, he aims to reference his history within the church, along with his exploration of identity and individualism within a structure he believed to be oppressive and restrictive. Gleeson instils his personal experiences into concept based work which he considers to be rich in symbolism and high in technical process.
Currently he is focusing on establishing a professional craft practice, applying his skills to the creation of a production line, which he aims to source to galleries across the country. Gleeson also intends on continuing to create large scale exhibition work, however at present he is concentrating on establishing a production line, creating a web page and developing his sub-contracting network.
Andrew Gleeson's interest with craft and arts emerged when he gained a work experience position at FreeFormed Studio, a hot forming glass studio in Melbourne. He became fascinated by the medium and the processes, recognising the potential for a career as a glassmaker. Following his involvement in the glassmaking industry, Gleeson enrolled at Monash University where he sought valuable skills as a glassmaker, along with knowledge of the craft movement and contemporary art history.
Gleeson recently completed a Masters of Art (Visual Art) at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art in Canberra, which enabled him to refine skill and concept whilst providing him with opportunities to work professionally alongside other artists, notably at the Canberra Glassworks where he sub-contracts to other makers. Throughout his degree he continued to reflect on his relationship with the Christian faith, exploring ideas of personal ritual, opposition and subversion.