Andrew Bolam (b. 1971)

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48 x 48 inches
Acrylic on canvas
As for his subject matter, the beauty and mystique of the American West and its native peoples first captured Bolam’s attention as a young boy growing up in England in the 1970s, when he’d soak up wildlife documentaries and cowboys-and-Indians shows on TV. After studying graphic design at Newcastle College of Art, his fascination with the West lured Bolam to California, where he worked as a freelance illustrator before transitioning to painting full time. Gradually, he traded his realistic landscapes for the “bolder, simpler statements” that characterize his work today. Adds Bolam, “Now I’m happy to allow a lot of negative space in my work and seemingly empty areas of canvas.”
Occasionally, the artist still paints landscapes, though they are mostly simple color fields these days, he says. He isn’t certain where his work is headed next, but Bolam is happy letting the mystery be. “I’m excited that I’ve given myself the luxury of growing organically and doing whatever tickles my fancy,” he says
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