acrylic on board / gloss finish 24″x36″
Andy Anh Ha
I studied arts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. There, I graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Media Arts. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and moved to Los Angeles after schooling. My paintings vary in style as so do the artists I am influenced by. I appreciate the arts from the Renaissance period to contemporary works. Artists that are influential include Rembrandt, Picasso, and Warhol. The outcome of my paintings would be labeled under mixed media. I tend to use a variation of styles, techniques, and mediums. Presently, my main focus is lotus flowers. The words I choose to place on these series relate to the beliefs of the mystical lotus flower, which to my understanding is ”creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings.” Words such as ”able” relate to the circumstances in which the lotus blossoms in muddy swamps, yet maintains its integrity and beauty. This concept is similar to the saying ”The rose that grew from concrete.” The font is hand stenciled onto contact paper, carefully cut out, and painted over. For the finish, I have chosen to use some form of varnish. Depending on the message and feel of the individual piece, either polyacrylic and/or resin are applied. The outcome is design oriented with a painterly feel. I believe in an overall balance. The layout is influenced by my eastern culture, very simple but strong. The technique I use comes from my education. I love art. Thanks for reading.
Painting is an outlet of creative expression. It is a testimony of my thoughts and emotions. It is to beautify my mind, body, and soul by pleasing the eye aesthetically and thoughts conceptually.
The canvas is the most important tool, it is the foundation of balance created by the collaboration of subject and negative space. I choose acrylic paint because it allows me to be versatile during drying and mixing methods. Red, blue, and yellow are dominant colors in my paintings because they are the purest values, all other hues are made by mixing these primary colors. Text is used to elaborate the meaning of the lotus flower understood as, ”creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings.”
The lotus is an important aspect in regards to the relation it has with my culture and way of life. It represents my upbringing as a 1 st generation welfare recipient and how my life has transformed. Through obtaining knowledge and culture, success has blossomed for my family and I. I have stayed grounded by knowing that from hard work and determination, goals can be achieved. I am an Asian-American, and through my paintings I wish to share this balanced, beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western culture.
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