Piece description from the artist
I consider the summer of 2011 to be one of the brightest seasons of my artistic life. A myriad of last-minute life decisions brought me to working at a summer camp in southwestern Connecticut, doing totally unexpected work with the groundskeeper there, and reveling in pleasantly bizarre experiences that, in most ways, betrayed my previous life as an instructor for that same camp years previous.
In 2011, I lived in a quiet tow trailer behind the maintenance complex on the eastern edge of the camp's grounds. My schedule included short spans of fast-paced, arduous work – shoveling, raking, lifting, fixing, cleaning, etc. – bookended by long stretches of free time. I eventually found myself in the best shape of my life with a makeshift painting studio in the woods for the duration of the two months. The result of that was an inspired collection of work – "Power Rangers!" being a selection from that same group of paintings with a bright palette and a curious positivity that, to this day, pays homage to the widely accepted idea that making bold choices for the sake of your own happiness can lead to totally unexpected and enriching experiences.
Originally from southern Massachusetts, Andrew has been painting and drawing since an early age. In 2003, he started classes at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, following a path of various studio and design classes that would eventually lead him to graduating in May of 2007 with a degree in Illustration. Since then, he has been in various shows in and around the Boston area that include select pieces from both his professional and personal work.
His work, mainly on found pieces of wood – often dilapidated or reclaimed – depicts the world around us through bright colors, sharp metaphor, and a curious kind of humor that often finds itself pleasantly tongue in cheek or altogether mysterious. Often shown with the idea of it all being an ongoing series with intrinsic similarities and shared symbolism, there is to be found in the work an implied narrative running through most of the
work that makes either subtle or severe nods to personal endeavors, world issues, and classic themes.