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About the Artist
Andrew Patterson is a Toronto based artist and designer. With a BAA in Animation and a BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College, he spent several years working in both fields before joining forces with two other creative troublemakers and forming Wysp Creative, a Junction-based award winning branding and design agency. Andrew also maintains a studio for his personal practice producing paintings and illustrations. He works mostly with acrylic, ink, and spraypaint, crafting his take on contemporary portraiture with a focus on identity. Andrew is heavily influenced by skate, hip hop, and punk culture as well as anything from Japan. He is a dedicated crate digger and hoops fanatic.
CA: What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
AP: I just celebrated passing the 5 year mark with my partners in crime at our design studio - having my own shop has always been a goal of mine, and while there's still a lot of places we'd like to take it, I'm proud of getting this far and what we've accomplished. Time flies!
CA: What are you currently working on?
AP: By day, growing our studio and continuing to build a place where we can work with other creatives on stimulating and exciting projects. In my personal practice, I've been working on quieting the commercial side of my brain to more freely express ideas and issues that are important to me. I've kept this work close to the chest for the time being, but I'm excited to get the body of work to a place where I'm comfortable sharing it. When I'm feeling burnt out on that, I've been turning to an ongoing series of line-driven geometric illustrations that are a bit more meditative - and a bit more fun.
CA: How’d you get started as an artist?
AP: I started drawing as soon as I could and just never really stopped - I was a massive nerd as a child, I loved video games, science fiction, fantasy, comics, and anime, and I was always fascinated by animation. I was a huge Disney fan, and decided early on I would be an animator at any cost. I followed that dream right through college, but somewhere along the way I got curious about the static image, design, typography - so while animation is still very close to my heart and something I'd like to return to at some point, that path led me here and I'm very happy where I’m at.
CA: Who or what influences your art?
AP: Everything - really. In addition to the laundry list of childhood interests that grew with me, I'm extremely passionate about music, as cliche as it sounds - hip hop and punk being two of my favourites. I've also always been obsessed with Japan - the art, the culture, the music, the fashion, you name it. Earlier in 2017 I visited Japan for the first time and it was sensory overload in the best possible way. Put a lot of inspirational fuel in the tank. I spent days exploring Tokyo, digging through records, eating the best food, exploring the nooks and crannies. As for influential figures and artists - Jamie Hewlett, Yasiin Bey, James Jean, Pharrell, Basquiat, Mucha... I'm inspired by people who aren't restricted to one lane of creativity; FKA Twigs and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote have been killing it for the last few years.
Mesmo Kabuki – Leo
Call for Art 2022
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