Interview: Andrew Holder

Andrew Holder gestaltet sehr ruhige, fast schon meditative, pastellfarbene Bilder, Illustrationen und Skulpturen. Insbesondere seine bemalten Hirschköpfe haben es mir angetan.

The Past

…it took me a while to realize that I could make a living creating art.


Diskursdisko: Hi Andrew. To start things off, what’s your background? When did you start doing illustrations/artwork?

Andrew Holder: I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration.

I have pretty much drawn my whole life and I was doing illustration/design type stuff here and there before i went to school. But it took me a while to realize that I could make a living creating art.

The Art

Sometimes it is actually nice not to have to come up with a concept.

Diskursdisko: How do you mainly produce your art?

Andrew Holder: It kind of depends on what i am working on. Everything starts out by hand. For screen prints I will compile the drawings in Photoshop to make sure everything lines up and to remove any stray marks I may have made. I try to stay off the computer as much as possible but these days it is kind of hard not to use it at some point.

sunset-beach-hotelDiskursdisko: What inspires you?

Andrew Holder: Anything really. I work from home so I try to get out as much as possible and break my normal routine. It’s not like I go looking for inspiration, it is just hard for me to find it surrounded by four walls.

Diskursdisko: A lot of your work has a very pop art look – do you feel influenced/inspired by the pop art movement of the late 20th century?

Andrew Holder: I think that connection comes mostly from the way my imagery is produced. Though I do like the art and artists of that time period I wouldn’t say that they are much of an influence on me.

Diskursdisko: When working for clients, how do you keep up the balance between clients’ wishes and concepts and your own need to produce art? do you feel there actually is any difference between “commercial” artwork and other art?

Andrew Holder: I think that because I am fortunate enough to have a balance between the two it allows me to separate them and approach them differently. Sometimes it is actually nice not to have to come up with a concept. It gives my brain a bit of a break and I am able to just focus on the aesthetics of the image. Both are similar though in that there is a problem that needs to be solved.


The Web

I think the process of making the actual head took a couple years off of my life.


Diskursdisko: You’ve obviously got the website at, any other presences on the web you’d like to publicize? Social networking?

Andrew Holder: The website is pretty much all I have at the moment. Except for maybe poketo who is carrying some shirts with my design on them. Every once in awhile I will have a print up at Tiny Showcase. In the near future I should have some work up at Little Paper Planes and The Shiny Squirrel.

Diskursdisko: As you use the internet to showcase your art, are there any other websites you feel have influenced you, opened your mind or shown you new ways of creating art?

Andrew Holder: There are a few that I check quite regularly: design is kinky, fecal face, lost at e minor, better living through design and many more I can’t think of right now.

Diskursdisko: Of all the work you’ve created, or at least the ones showcased on your website, can you name a couple that you have a special love for or connection to?

Andrew Holder: Definitely the deer heads. They are not necessarily my favorite but I put more time into those things than any art project I have ever done. I think the process of making the actual head took a couple years off of my life. I am alright with that so I guess that makes them a little more special.



The Future

I really want to make some large scale pieces.  I mean really large.

Diskursdisko: Do you have any specific plans for the future direction of your artwork?

Andrew Holder: I really want to make some large scale pieces. I mean really large. At this point and in my current studio space I don’t know if it is feasible. Maybe I will have to settle for semi-large.

Diskursdisko: Andrew, many thanks for the interview – is there anything you’d like to add?

Andrew Holder: Thanks for having me.


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