Monday, April 4, 2011

Artist Interview: Aaron Drew

What is your name: Aaron Drew

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: Education 2005 INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington, IN. M.F.A. in Printmaking, OX-BOW (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Saugatuck, MI, Papermaking Workshop with Andrea Peterson, 2003 Scuola InternaZionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy Summer Study Abroad Printmaking and Book Arts Program 2002FINE ARTS WORK CENTER, Provincetown, MA, Monotype and Monoprint Workshop with Michael Mazur, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Durham, NH,  B.F.A. in Fine Art, May 2002. Concentration: Printmaking

What is the style of your pieces: Expressionistic Realism

What is the medium in which you work: Printmaking (Relief, Intaglio, Lithography, Silkscreen, mixed media)

What started you on your path as an artist:  Birth

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: The ability to remove myself. To escape for hours or minutes from contact with the world around me.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Rock posters

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Gallery or sometimes restaurant/bar settings.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: NO

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist: MONEY....

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:  Working smaller. My life has situated me to work with a 12" x 24" etching press and I must make most of my work to conform to those constraints. This is a self imposed challenge created by both practicum and as a formal artistic regiment or exorcise.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead:  Rembrandt vs Durer vs Goltzius This is not an answerable question-sorry.
What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person:  Again a close to impossible question to answer but, Giotto's murals in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: My wife-she is a human and definitely not a pet. She is supportive.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: 2011 SINGLE FARE 2: PLEASE SWIPE AGAIN, Sloan Fine Art Exhibition, New York, NY, FLASH GORDON PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION, Group Exhibition, Artists Image Source, Pittsburgh, PA, FLASH GORDON PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION, Group Exhibition, Judson College, Marion, AL

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