Andy Wilx Artist Biography
Contemporary artist, illustrator, printmaker and story teller Andy Wilx creates characters and scenes that explore the captivating and incongruous relationship between man and nature. His artwork is characterised by intricate pattern, enchanting animals and the fanciful worlds of childrenﾒs imagination. Andy Wilx was born on the 18th of August in 1967. His interest in art began at an early age. In an interview he revealed, ﾓOn my studio wall I have a, quite good, drawing I did of a Dalek and Iﾒve signed it ﾑAndy Aged 6ﾒ. So I guess from the age of six I had started my journey.ﾔWilx attended Epsom School of Art and Design which lead to a career in publishing; designing and illustrating for Dorling Kindersley. His career path subsequently projected him to the position of creative director in Web and TV design. It was in 2011 that Andy decided to return to his illustration roots. He left full-time employment and set up a small studio in his basement. After just six months of producing limited edition prints in his cellar, Andy Wilx was invited to create his first solo show. He has since worked on numerous commissions and exhibited at galleries across London. His limited edition prints have appeared at Brighton Art Fair and both Hampstead and Battersea Affordable Art Fairs.Andy Wilx is inspired by the fanciful worlds of childrenﾒs literature, the luminosity and texture of medieval manuscripts, the romanticism of the Pre-Raphaelites and the graphic symbolism of Art Deco design. Of Medieval illuminations, Andy explained, ﾓthe colour and use of gold makes them so vibrant despite their age. I also love the characterisation that walks a line but never becomes cartoon. Itﾒs something Iﾒm constantly trying to emulate.ﾔ He is also a big fan of the artist Stanley Donwood, ﾓMy hero is Stanley Donwood. I love his graphic style and the way he makes complex and thoughtful images seem so effortless.ﾔAlthough Andy did receive some formal training in print-making at Print Club London, he is predominately self-taught. Heﾒs interested in exploring texture in his printing process, often adding a third dimension of varnish or coloured Gesso to the paper. Silver and gold, including hand-embellishments of gold paint and gold leaf, permeate throughout his print collections giving a beautiful iridescent quality. Andyﾒs prints, portraits and patterns are deeply engaging and utterly enchanting. Read ourﾠAndy Wilx Artist Interview.