Andrew Brandou’s second solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery opened this past Halloween weekend. This new solo show is entitled “In the Garden of the Mystic” and will be up until November 18th if you want to stop by and check it out. I have enjoyed Andrew’s work for quite some time now. His style is very reminiscent of the art that surrounded me as a child, so I was hooked on the work the moment I saw it.
The new abstract character designs really stood out. I have seen a few artists try this in the past year and none seemed to have pulled it off as elegantly as Andrew has. The pictures don’t show it very well, but most of these new paintings have either gold leaf, or gold sumi ink in them. I absolutely love the linework seen in these paintings. Along with the abstracts, some of the maze style pieces that were seen in his “Mind Manors” show at the Milieu Galerie/Artspace in Bern, Switzerland are also present. Here is the statement from the gallery:
Influenced by 1960’s posters, music and psychedelia, Brandou’s new work takes a walk on the wild side and a more organic narrative ensues. The artist’s iconic flower motifs, skulls, bunnies and boxes transform into a kaleidoscope of stunning psychonautic imagery. Ornate gold leaf accents decorate mind-expanding dreamscapes where the ego merges into the id, fear is released and beauty resides. The exhibition will also include a rare series of limited-edition silkscreens on wood block based on vintage rock posters.
Check out the images, and then head on over for the full show: Corey Helford Gallery
Here is what Andrew said about his maze series from his solo show last year:
The room/containers are areas of my mind, conscious and unconscious, layered and maze like, some with doors and stairwells to make them accessible, others simply boxes, unfinished and empty.
Wandering through this architecture are the bunny and skull, as seen in much of my work. In this case, their roles are that of the active mind and the internal observer. The active mind is seen searching for inspiration or ideas, though it is often asleep or unconscious. The observer is always there, eyes wide open, aware without judging.