Andrew graduated in Digital Arts at the University of Oregon, where he was exposed to contemporary theory and acquired a diligent work ethic. He also studied for one summer in Italy, where he learned the value of historic artistic processes. Drawing inspiration from artists and philosophers deeply rooted to contemporary theory and practice, Andrew’s work attempts to expose the individual among the masses in a consumer targeted and driven culture. Using his thoughtful perspective, Andrew joins memory and desire to become more aware of the present, and highlight the delicate tensions of duality and false dichotomies.
Since graduation, Andrew has continued to expand upon his skill set, developing concepts that critique mainstream narratives through various bodies of work. He has surrounded himself with books that cultivate his curiosity and inspire his projects. After establishing himself in the San Diego art scene, he has reached outside his hometown in search of larger audiences. With some good fortune, he has been invited to participate in art exhibitions in Southern California (Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Diego), Georgia (Atlanta), Florida (Miami), Kansas (Garnett), Iowa (Cedar Rapids), New York (Long Island, Yonkers, Poughkeepsie), Northern California (Oakland), Vermont (Middlebury), Washington DC, Maryland (Dowell), Oregon (Portland, Eugene), Tennessee (Johnson City), Minnesota (Minneapolis), Hungary (Budapest), and South Korea (Gimpo).
SMOKE STYLE PROCESS
I created this style through a combination of photography and illustration. I use smoke as my material. While I am taking photos of the smoke, I look for a variety of different shapes. I collect a large volume of images, edit them down to a select few and compile them into different libraries of photo brushes. I begin my illustrations by making decisions that require the least amount of physical alteration. Using this style, I produce abstract, portrait, and figurative drawings.