Thursday, January 1, 2009

Andy Kehoe

I’m not certain that I “get” all of
Andy Kehoe's meaning, but I definitely find myself approaching his work with the curious intrigue and careful consideration of an anthropolgist. This Pittsburg-based artist's sensibilities for graphic narrative, icon, pattern and color represent a refreshing generation of folk art. Each piece is like a modern day fable, rooted in both tradition and invention—feeling in the same moment familiar, yet new. Kehoe has a sense of humor and a sense of self, producing pictographs that are as light and as heavy as life itself, all the while beautiful.

You can find affordable prints in his etsy shop.


Jenna said...

looks similar in style to maurice sendak's art, especially from his book, where the wild things are.

Robert J. Williams said...

There is a sensitivity to the textures one would find in nature (as well as the repetitiveness of pattern) that I really appreciate. The characters bodies are made of very solid forms, yet not. They are abstract enough to make you wonder if all the dead sticks and leafs suddenly constructed themselves into a living being— that it thought mankind would fear. Its purpose to take back what is left of the natural environment... but maybe it's late and I am reading into it.

This work would lend its self well to a childrens book.