15 May Featured: Andrew Sutherland
Illustrator and fine artist Andrew Sutherland grew up between the UK and Cape Town, studying Fine Art at The Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock. After graduating in 2004 he became an abstract artist’s assistant and later began working as a full-time painter.
It was by participating in contemporary exhibitions at Salon91 along with illustrators and designers that he became more interested in illustration and creating work with street art undertones. Local artists he found greatly stimulating were Senyol, Linsey Levendall and Katrin Coetzer.
In 2011 Andrew moved to the UK once again and began to focus more on illustration and design. This in turn influenced his fine art work. Andrew’s paintings are not limited to one medium, he uses acrylic paints, charcoal, ink, spray paint, old paper and whatever he can find, arranged scientifically on the canvas/paper/wood or wall.
His collages are the result of years of collecting old photos, postcards and paper for their textures which he scans and arranges digitally. Andrew is inspired by travel to try new techniques and has spent some time in Asia. He says, “After moving to Taiwan 5 months ago I began trying out watercolours and all sorts of other lark.” Whilst there he found the brush pen, a pressure sensitive pen which acts exactly like a paintbrush. He also uses fineliner for detailed line work and flowing contours.
Most recently Andrew worked with local fashion brand Urban° on their Artist in Residence Winter range. Take a look at the outcome here.
As for his plans for the remainder of 2013 and beyond, he says, “I plan to travel for the next year or so and then return to the beautiful city of Cape Town where I wish continue life as lazy artist.”