Spotlight Interview with Peter Andrew speaking to us about working on a council project and producing 8 works from one moment …
Thank you for speaking to us about your art journey. Where did it all begin for you?
I started my journey with art as a young boy, I was lucky to be selected to go to a technical school where the study was about design, technical drawing, and maths . For someone like me who was already painting it added drawing ability and gave confidence.
From who or from where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I like to imagine what groundbreakers of the art World like Monet, Picasso, would make of the new products we have today and the technology and how they might have used these products. I paint lots of super glass structures and modern cities that are built today it captures my imagination and I think it would have for them also. Architects design buildings and artist put them into the landscape.
Do you like to experiment with what you use to create art and how would you describe your artistic style?
Definitely, I like to use canvas, and these beautiful silky non toxic acrylic paints. I also use my woodworking skills to produce artworks for indoor and outdoor hanging with marine ply and sustainable wood. Recently I started putting my work onto tables but still it remains about the artwork itself it’s just the way I present the work that changes . To run your hand over the artwork in a table that’s been sealed for life is a wonder feeling.
Why are your designs so different to other artists within the industry?
Someone asked me recently, how do you come up with ideas? I said I can look at something in a split second like I did when watching the DJ Avicci life story, at one moment he played “Rapture” and the stage changed to a fragmented lighting and lasers whipping across the stage I thought there’s a painting. Since that time I have produced 8 works based on that one moment and had several commissions.
How do you stay relevant and current in a world full of creatives?
Art is all around us – reproduced in so many ways in the digital age, I take parts that gives me an idea. I recently took a photograph of Battersea power station development and as I printed it to draw it into a design the printer was running out of ink and out came the photo marked and faded and right there i am looking at the exact view I was trying to produce. I am actually painting it today and I can’t wait.
How has social media impacted on you as judging by your online presence you seem to embrace this?
I find it difficult to keep up, it requires lots of input and time. For a artist I also have the added problem of falling down the artistic rabbit holes. Off goes the printer once again and the ideas folder gets ever bigger ! ( and I laugh again in this interview)
How has your brand grown to where it is now? What has contributed to your success?
Art fairs make a huge difference backed up by art on line is good once the collector has seen spoken to the artist at fairs, standing in front of a work and seeing the colour, artistic confidence and craftsmanship is a life experience for the collector and produces many different responses and feelings that they can share with the artist and ask questions.
Have you worked with any galleries or brands or completed any important commissions you can share with us?
I worked on a council project using one of my works for street banners which will come out shortly. I am part of both Brixton street , Sussex/ New artist fair (1-3 Oct London) and looking at Barcelona and Madrid fairs for early 2022.
Which projects are you really excited about for 2021 and are there any future plans you can share with us?
Can I just say, I love and enjoy painting and the woodcraft producing artwork is my dream job. Being able to share my works and it becoming a shared or even treasured item for a couple or individual is why I paint. I have collectors in California and Australia and I think it would be more sustainable to go there and produce large works that I am often requested to do. I feel strongly about the environment and the footprint I leave as an artist, from washing my non toxic paint brushes in a pot and not running water, cycling to Jackson’s to buy my paints, wood only from sustainable suppliers. Using reusable delivery wrappings like artPAKK all helps. My ideas file is full as is my mind with future works. I am excited for society emerging from the Covid and the world opening up and once again and having sustainable travel being back on the agenda.
See a selection of work from Peter Andrew HERE