Indicative of the nuances of life in the inner city, Andrew’s work sells exceptionally well to locals and tourists alike. Rendered in mixed media, eachs reflect his authentic experience of the Jozi street scenes he experiences daily.
“My work focuses on urbanisation in Johannesburg. I’m interested in the city because it’s where I’ve grown up in, since age four. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing South Africa’s first democratic votes in 1994 and seeing Johannesburg’s transformation from the early and mid-nineties, to the present. I still live in the inner city where I’m confronted by poverty, pollution and urban decay, every day. I’ve seen the effects that urbanisation has had on the city. In relation to its physical, socio-economic and political changes, post-apartheid. I’m interested in the people who live in, and the environment within, the inner city. And in the negative effects of rapid urbanisation and resultant pressures and strains of the people I encounter and interact with daily, as we go about our business.
I investigate the social predicament of the city to understand the root causes of the current inner city decay. Hence, my work is social commentary on the socio-economic challenges the majority of black South Africans face in post-colonial South Africa. My focal subject matter is often the pollution and rubbish amongst which the inner-city residents live. And my paintings incorporate more than one medium. They’re a fusion of collage and acrylic paint. And are produced from photographs I take on my daily travels around the inner city and its outskirts.
Andrew’s paintings were first exhibited at Henry George’s 2014 “After the Winter” exhibition. They captured city decay and waste but also conveyed a light at the end of the tunnel. Their beauty lies in the portrayal of ordinary beauty that’s intrinsic to everyday life. It’s remarkable how this artist takes things that are run down – like litter in a dirty city – and use it as the inspiration for a fine art oil painting. Recent works show people going about their everyday lives in inner city Johannesburg.