Everywhere is Art; North Shore Artist Feature of Andrew Sautel
“What inspires me is basically my surroundings. I am surrounded by art—everywhere is art. I see so much art from all different things: exit signs, stop signs, traffic lights, billboards, walls, buildings, environments. Right now I’m surrounded by black, red, green, blue, grey, white, blue and red and white and purple, blue green—all different kinds are surrounding me right now.”
Andrew Sautel is no stranger to creative flow and drive. Often, he describes himself as a conduit for ideas. Ideas flow through him with urgency and he must get them down on paper as quickly as possible. This has led to a prolific time in our studio. Over the past year Andrew completed over forty pieces. His work is a seamless weaving together of past pop-art influences, current popular culture, and wit; calling upon heroes, villains, Top 40 singers, and puns to make playful, tongue-in-cheek work. Andrew is also comedic in his daily life: building inside jokes with other members of the studio, rocking out while waiting for the bus, and possessing a happy-go-lucky disposition with a splash of snark.
“Why do I make art? Because art is my best friend and I like having fun with it. I start a project once a day and get started with a project plan, fill that out completely. Then I go get my mediums and get down to business with the piece I’m working on. What I like about acrylics is the names of all the colors. What I like about oil pastels is the blending and mixing. What I like about chalk pastel is the shading.”
Recently, Andrew chose to leave the studio to pursue other employment at Panera. He was a prolific artist with a naturally understanding about what it meant to be in community. The absence of his creative vibrance is sorely felt at the studio. I recently saw Andrew at our Garage Sale, I told him how much we missed him, and–true to form–his mater-of-fact reply was, “I know, it is hard without me here.”
“I make work for people to see and be inspired. In five years I would like to be a graphic designer making things come to life, dance, move and talk. I hope to be very successful – I want myself to be really good at making things happen with art. I’ll be honored for others to see the things I make.”
Good luck with your future endeavors Andrew. We wish you all the best!