Andrew Myers was born in Braunshweig, Germany, and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain. He now resides in Laguna Beach, California, where he has lived since attending the Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California). The first time he set foot in the classroom, he was amazed to see students depicting live nude models in clay; a seemingly archaic art form he had only seen in books.
Distinct. Expressive. Tactile.
These are perhaps the three most fitting words to describe Andrew’s unique brand of contemporary artwork. But linguistic descriptions fail to adequately capture the progressive mixed media works he creates with screws, oil paint, charcoal, bronze, cement, and found objects. To truly experience Andrew’s art, it must be seen and even touched.
One of the artist’s favorite memories was watching a blind man experience his work for the first time. As the man ran his hands over a large three-dimensional portrait tediously constructed with tens of thousands of screws over hundreds of man hours, his blank expression suddenly transformed into a warm smile. He could feel what others could only see.
Artist as Translator, Not Creator
Andrew does not consider himself a “creator” of art. As a man of faith, he believes that God is the only one with that privilege. Rather, his role as an artist is to enter that lonely, honest, painful place most of us spend our whole lives hiding from. Once there, he harnesses his creativity and technical abilities to translate authentic emotions, fragmented thoughts, and fleeting moments into timeless, tangible expressions of love and loss.
Screw by Screw
Though Andrew is best known for his time-intensive screw pieces, his work spans multiple genres and mediums, including sculpting, painting, and drawing. He most enjoys fast, expressive pieces like charcoal sketches, yet at the same time, feels that true art requires struggle, energy, time, and sacrifice; elements his screw pieces provide in spades. Given their complexity, unique subject matter, and unusual materials, Andrew produces only five to ten pieces a year, each of which is an experiment in art, mathematics, and creative problem solving. His workflow fluctuates between careful, conscious planning with his assistants, and countless hours spent in a dreamlike flow state where hours pass by as if in a moment.
Andrew continues to push the boundaries of his craft, constantly searching for new subjects and unconventional mediums in which to capture them. He especially enjoys using objects and materials that are not usually considered art. Andrew’s guiding principle is to create better art today than he did yesterday. He knows that this means he will never be content in life, but he feels blessed to have found fulfillment and purpose in his role as artist, father, and friend.