Republic's Import Building Atrium is now home to six of Andy Welland's vibrant art pieces thanks to Zoe Allen of Artistic Statements.
A bit about Andy Welland
Andy Welland is a visual artist and graphic designer from Sheffield. He explains that his artwork is all about positivity and his language is one of bright playful collages and colliding shapes.
Art buyer Mimi Gray explained that in periods of chaos and confusion Andy’s work brings us together and reconnects us with our imagination as we appreciate the everyday. Through this constant state of change, we have all recognised our commonality and fragility in how we are all inter-connected. Andy see’s it that we are all part of the same picture, yet singing and dancing in our individual ways.
Andy’s reaction against the perfection of graphic design makes his work a glorious contradiction. Mistakes and imperfections created by the artist’s hand are contained within merging shapes and patterns.
What was your inspiration behind the works at Republic?
Energy! Both the building and community. Celebrating togetherness as an explosive collage of colour.
I love the collision of different humans coming into the building and bouncing off each other. The vibrancy of different cultures, ideas and energy all swirling around mixing to create a unique buzz and noise. It felt important to amplify the internal architecture and energy of the community through the lens of my college paintings.
There are some really bold architectural elements within the building so the paintings had to be just as big in personality (and scale)!
Subtle motifs are in play too… pops of colour informed by furniture, and my painted black spots that feel like silly, human spongey versions of the Republic graphic brand dots that could represent each of us.
How can we find out more about your work?
Instagram is always a great way to keep up with what is happening at the studio (@andywelland) along with my website (andywelland.com) or for a deeper dive you can listen to my Made By Folk podcast interview.
What is your next project?
I’m spinning a couple of plates at the moment and hopefully they will land. I have a commercial packaging project underway, and a painting commission for a hospital in New York. Thoughts for a solo exhibition are also bubbling away. The reaction to my work is that it is often brighter in real life, and that is a great thing to share with people.
You can also find out more about Zoe’s work @artistic_statements
Date: Summer 2020