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Meet Andi Mead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andi Mead.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was originally born in Philadelphia, in 1997 but now currently stationed in Pasadena, California. I began painting and drawing at an early age. My parents said the first thing I ever drew as was a dinosaur when I was 2. I do like dinosaurs but I don’t really include them in work anymore. Like many kids growing up in the late 90’s and early 00’s I spent a majority of my time watching cartoons and playing outside using my imagination.

Those themes became subjects in my childhood works naturally, and cartoons became almost like template and guide to build my imaginary worlds. I draw and paint mostly from my imagination now and have walked into a cartoon-inspired stylization definitely influenced by my early artistic influences. Something that blossomed into my work as I grew was the inspiration of psychedelia inspired imaginary and color pallets. I always did find the cartoons in themselves to be extremely psychedelic even as a child which kinda really made me want to experiment with them in my adulthood. And that kind of goofy psychotropic reality became a foundation in my work as a whole.

Please tell us about your art.
Well, I’m a traditional painter, using matte acrylic paint and usually any kind of flat smooth paper I can find. I usually work pretty small ranging from sketchbook size or smaller to about 11 by 17 sized paintings. I prefer using sizes that are printable. I like to create images that look almost digital as a way to kinda beat the machine, and because I find it more soothing than working digitally though I do sometimes do digital manipulations. I want my art to spark a sense of wonder and curiosity in the viewer. My work demands to be looked at with your inner-child goggles on! I like to create imagines where you can find something new in every detail, something that makes you feel deeper in the universe on the page. Right now, I am trying to create images inside images and have been heavily inspired by rock posters of the 60’s and 70’s.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I’d say the biggest challenge facing artist today is definitely and has always been themselves. Though of course life is life and sometimes you physically can not make art like at the end of the day, the decision to create is at the hands of the creator. Sometimes your own hand can be your barrier, especially since a lot of artists I know can be their own worst enemies when it comes to the creating process.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can visit Andi Land at any time! By going www.andimead.com or by following @andimead44 on Instagram.

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Image Credit:
@little.narco.girl Makeda Robinson, @piinkmud

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