California based artist, Andrew Myers, works by oil painting on top of the heads of thousands of screws to create unique 3 Dimensional sculpture-like portraits.
Warm, soft flesh recreated with cold, hard steel
Andrew Myers’ art is made from thousands of a lifeless, common household object: screws. Still, he is able to create his unique and realistic pieces, many of them portraits, by combining oil paint and the right use of depth and shadow. It is quite astonishing how something as warm and soft as human skin can be depicted using the cold, hard, and sharp medium of steel screws. His stunning 3D creations of life from metal are something even the blind can appreciate.
“I consider this a traditional sculpture and all my screws are at different depths.” – Andrew Myers
Born in Germany and raised in Spain, since his early childhood, Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by European life and culture. At the age of 20, he applied to the Art Institute of Southern California (now known as the Laguna College of Art and Design); with no previous art training, Myers was accepted based upon the natural talent his application portfolio evidenced.
Many of his works have been highly acclaimed nationwide, but he’s probably most famous for his 3D Screw Portraits. What’s best is that Myers doesn’t rely on any computer software while drilling in the screws, he figures it out as he goes along. “For me, I consider this a traditional sculpture and all my screws are at different depths,” says the artist.
A blend of modern materials, classical techniques and universal subject matter
Myers blends modern material with classical figurative technique featuring a universal subject matter that is prevalent throughout his work. It is his unification of these three characteristics that results in the innovative and modern artwork that captivates viewers and has been so highly acclaimed nationwide.
Most recently, Myers has been working on public commissions, some of which include, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in the Diocese of Orange, and a public work for the City of Laguna Beach, California, as well as several private client commissions.
Myers’ work graces the pages of LA Times’ Coastline Pilot, OC Register’s Laguna New Post, H Magazine, and NBC San Diego’s spread on The Port of San Diego Sculpture Show. Most recently, Myers placed 1st Sculpture at the highly acclaimed annual Sausalito Arts Festival, and 2nd in Sculptural Pursuit Magazine’s National Sculpture Competition and is featured in a 6 page spread of the July 2008 edition . Andrew Myers has also been featured on ABC’s Eye on LA, Orange County Edition and participates in several nationwide shows each year.
Below: "It’s been a long day" – 6,500 screws, oil paint, French newspaper from 1910-1932. 4’x4′.
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