I seek to create work that transcends time and culture, paintings that speak on fundamental terms and ultimately to everyone. Utilizing a reductive aesthetic with overlapping fields of color, the work functions on a base or primal level. The colors are at play often jostling for your attention.
Andrew Anderson was born in Mexico City from an American father and a Panamanian mother. After a brief stay in Puerto Rico and San Antonio, he began his adolescences on the west side of Houston. A creative family spawned a creative personality, and he explored the mechanics of watercolor and acrylic before starting grade school. At the age of 16, while endeavoring towards photo-realism, Andrew visited The Rothko Chapel for the first time. He felt the emotional potential of abstraction and recognized the minimalist efficiency that did not sacrifice efficacy. Thus began the desire for a new yet necessary aesthetic and the battle with a new viscosity: oil. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from The University of Texas. He has since established himself as a promising and practicing artist in Austin.
Andrew utilizes a reductive aesthetic in his art. His fields of colors, while often formally creating multiple depths or planes, are the fundamental terms of his philosophy. These terms provide the platform for his visual language, not incomparable to a tabula rasa. The palette is not blank though; the platform consists of pure color where external noise has been erased from the language. What is left, this language of color? Blocks, chunks, merely matter undressed for the innate mind to interpret intuitively. This philosophy is the necessary achievement of his form.
Consider how marketers and the media bombard our eyes and sensibilities. Consider the cultural iconoclasm this bombardment creates. Andrew gives us a reprieve, time to ponder.
1977 Mexico City, Mexico
2001 BFA University of Texas in Austin