Interview: Andrew Holder
Andrew Holder gestaltet sehr ruhige, fast schon meditative, pastellfarbene Bilder, Illustrationen und Skulpturen. Insbesondere seine bemalten HirschkÃ¶pfe haben es mir angetan.
…it took me a while to realize that I could make a living creatingÂ art.
Diskursdisko: Hi Andrew. To start things off, what’s your background? When did you startÂ doing illustrations/artwork?
Andrew Holder: I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA inÂ Illustration.
I have pretty much drawn my whole life and I was doingÂ illustration/design type stuff here and there before i went to school.Â But it took me a while to realize that I could make a living creatingÂ 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 byÂ hand. For screen prints I will compile the drawings in Photoshop toÂ make sure everything lines up and to remove any stray marks I may haveÂ made. I try to stay off the computer as much as possible but theseÂ days it is kind of hard not to use it at some point.
Diskursdisko: What inspires you?
Andrew Holder: Anything really. I work from home so I try to get out as much asÂ possible and break my normal routine. It’s not like I go looking forÂ inspiration, it is just hard for me to find it surrounded by fourÂ walls.
Diskursdisko: AÂ lot of your work has a very pop art look – do you feelÂ 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 isÂ produced. Though I do like the art and artists of that time period IÂ wouldn’t say that they are much of an influence on me.
Diskursdisko: When working for clients, how do you keep up theÂ balance between clients’ wishes and concepts and your own need toÂ produce art? do you feel there actually is any difference betweenÂ “commercial” artwork and other art?
Andrew Holder: I think that because I am fortunate enough to have a balance betweenÂ the two it allows me to separate them and approach them differently.Â Sometimes it is actually nice not to have to come up with a concept.Â It gives my brain a bit of a break and I am able to just focus on theÂ aesthetics of the image. Both are similar though in that there is aÂ problem that needs to be solved.
I think the process of making the actual head took a couple years offÂ of my life.
Diskursdisko: You’ve obviously got the website at andrewholder.net, any otherÂ 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 maybeÂ poketo who is carrying some shirts with my design on them. EveryÂ once in awhile I will have a print up at Tiny Showcase. In theÂ 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 otherÂ websites you feel have influenced you, opened your mind or shown youÂ new ways of creating art?
Diskursdisko: Of all the work you’ve created, or at least the ones showcased onÂ your website, can you name a couple that you have a special love forÂ or connection to?
Andrew Holder: Definitely the deer heads.Â They are not necessarily my favorite but IÂ put more time into those things than any art project I have ever done.Â I think the process of making the actual head took a couple years offÂ of my life. I am alright with that so I guess that makes them aÂ little more special.
I really want to make some large scale pieces. Â I mean really large.
Diskursdisko: Do you have any specific plans for the future direction of yourÂ artwork?
Andrew Holder: I really want to make some large scale pieces. I mean really large.Â At this point and in my current studio space I don’t know if it isÂ feasible.Â 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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