Brooklyn born-and-bred artist Andy Blank prefers to keep his face out of the spotlight, his anonymity leaves the art to speak for itself. As a champion of the affordable art movement, he works from his studio to create original pieces that delight and surprise. Rather than seeing prints stretched over canvases and replicated for mass production, Andy Blank designs unique items with a limited edition run, all sold priced below $200.
Read our interview to see more of his work, as well as to find out this artist’s suggestions for how people can incorporate art into their home, and what it is that makes home feel like home.
NONAGON.style What is your background?
Andy Blank: I have a background in art and working with my hands. I have spent many years in the art world, hanging, making, selling, etc. I’ve seen all levels of the art world and the inner workings. It’s something I love, but something that needs to change.
What is one of your earliest memories?
Growing up in a large and very active family. We were always building things and getting imaginative to impress each other.
In your own words how would you describe your artwork?
Modern and honest.
Tell us about your decision to present work anonymously.
It’s a decision I easily made. I’ve always thought that an artist’s personality sells their pieces. Therefore, Andy Blank’s art is my personality. It tells a better story about who I am better than a headshot ever could.
Please share your favorite project with us, and tell us why it’s your favorite?
I don’t know if I have a favorite piece as they are all different and use different parts of the creative brain. I would have to say that I’m loving some of the textural framed works being produced at the moment. We are trying to blur the line between a framed print and a painting.
What do you usually do in your free time?
I don’t have free time at the moment but that’s how I like it. If I’m not in the studio I’m catching up with friends and at restaurants.
We hear that Andy Warhol is your favorite artist, please tell us more about this; in what ways do you draw inspiration from him?
He did something different and did it his way. He paved a path without ever looking over his shoulder.
Where else do you turn for inspiration?
Everyday life — what people are wearing, eating, etc. Anything can be an inspiration if you have some ideas that you need to get out here. It can help with color combinations, textures, etc.
What is behind your mission to produce ‘affordable art’ pieces?
I’m aiming to make good contemporary art more accessible. Anything you can get under $200 is probably crap, comes out of a printer, and goes straight onto a canvas. I want people to be able to get handmade pieces under $200 and know exactly how it’s made, where it comes from without the intimidation and boredom of the current market. Every piece is still limited in time available or limited in how many I will make, but for a more accessible, honest price.
How much crossover is there between studio and home life?
The only reasons why I don’t live in the studio is because it doesn’t have a shower and I would probably go mad.
What is your home aesthetic?
It’s quite minimal with plenty of glass and lighter tones. There are plants (indoor trees) in every room and I have a beautiful collection of designer chairs.
How can people incorporate art into their home if it’s a new idea to them?
I would say make sure the wall isn’t too big for the artwork. If your room has a color theme, pick a piece and stick to it. If it’s a feature piece make sure it owns the room. If it’s an art wall with multiple pieces on it make sure they are evenly spaced. There are some primary pieces but the main thing is that you’re not collecting and speculating. Pick what you love to look at, which makes you feel good.
What makes home feel like home?
My shoe collection or my backyard.
What’s your favorite thing to cook?