Andrew Grundon believes a good sign outside a business is, literally, a good sign about what lies inside.
“If they’ve taken care on that, people figure they’ll get the same integrity inside.” It may be a business choice for his clients, but for Andrew, 53, an artist based on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, bespoke sign-making is a passion.
“I’ve always painted, and I was a portrait and landscape painter for 15 years after school,” he says. “But in 1998 I got a job at a brewery as a sign writer. I enjoyed it, so after two years I left and built up my own business.” Andrew now has clients across the world – but British pub signs remain his bread and butter. “It’s a great way of getting your work to a wider audience,” he says. “A painting may be just seen by the person who buys it, but a pub sign will be seen by thousands.”