making the ordinary,
Established in 1983, ASJ has become synonymous with hand-painted bespoke luxury, beauty and creativity. Careful details are minutely realised and every beautifully expressed design is a testimony to his life long passion and dedication to a tradition of seeking artistic excellence.
Every painting you commission will be a quest for something beyond the standard . As a patron of ASJ you will stand alone and settle for nothing but the best. The painting will tell it’s own story, your story from the first pencil mark to the completion of the final brush stroke on vellum. Each lovingly inspired design contains knowledge, passion and experience evolved from a journey that began nearly four decades ago. Combined with exquisite un surpassed craftsmanship intricately woven together in a beautiful tapestry of rich colours and twenty four carat gold leaf.
Choosing ASJ to create a new or paint an existing coat of arms is often the realisation of a long held dream. He is very mindful of that and wants that moment and the journey that follows to be perfectly in tune with the patron's own vision and matched to their unique taste and style. In so doing he is able to create that dream and realise a coat of arms or painting that is truly different and beyond the average, a representational symbol reflecting the uniqueness of the patron.
Using carefully selected and prepared materials and traditional techniques developed over a millennium, and crafted to the highest specification with a time honoured tradition of excellence, his studio prides itself on discretion, exclusivity and craftsmanship when designing and painting fine coats of arms for private and corporate needs. ASJ's exceptional artworks not only set the world standard for bespoke heraldic art but transport the owner and their family into the strange and romantic landscape of heraldry.
As a child Andrew would sit for hours in the reference section of his local library with a sketch book and he drew and copied things, any things that inspired his imagination. Ships sailing off to distant lands, knights in armour looking for the Holy Grail or outlaws hiding in the green wood. All he ever wanted was to let his imagination connect with his fingers and create the images that emerged from those crisp white pages. Whilst his friends played football in the streets outside he would be imagining castles, dragons and damsels.
Today some fifty three years later in a land of legend, lochs and romantic castles in remote glens, the childhood fascination with myths, stories, colour and form continues. Knights, dragons, unicorns and griffins leap into life, polished helmets glint and banners flutter in the sunlight. Paint and gold sparkle on vellum like precious jewels. The romance has begun and the story will be lovingly created, the magic, the legend, the heritage enshrined but now the romance is yours, it is your story, your quest, your legend and your heritage magically brought to life in a fine hand painted coat of arms or illuminated manuscript that will become loved and cherished by your family as a unique heirloom for generations to come.