papers, oil pastels, wax pencils and gouache, Andrew Lidgus masterfully
crafts his mixed media collages from single geometric forms into
fascinating vignettes from ancient history and mythology. Andrew's
use of dazzling color and unique patterns are emotionally tantalizing
and visually hypnotic. His use of textures adds an absorbing affect
to his art. As a painter uses a brush, Andrew's scissors convert
paper into his personal stories. "The act of cutting paper
forces the artist to make instant linear and spatial decisions
in order to achieve the clean, clear effect that he seeks."
In recent years,
Andrew has introduced a new medium into his artistic expression.
In appreciation of nature and the environment, elegant panels
and columns of rich wood act as backdrop for his intricate paper
compositions. The wood and papers together form a musical montage
from the romantic tapestry of Romeo and Juliet to the Fascinating
Rhythm of Gershwin.
provide great inspiration for me. Not only do they appear thematically
in many of my works, but they also produce the natural materials
with which I enjoy working. The beauty of the raw wood columns
and totem is just one step removed from the hand-made papers I
his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Loyola University in Chicago,
he continued to paint and work with paper and fabric. In the 1980's
Andrew received a second degree in the Arts, a Bachelor of Music,
with a major in piano performance. For several years, he pursued
his career in music along with the development of his own artistic
expression. Hailed by the critics, Andrew just completed a highly
successful European art tour concluding in Marbella, Spain. He
also created a unique exhibition of works that paid homage to
the great Classical Composers. The Exhibition premiered in London
in late Spring, 2000.
love for art and music has brought Andrew worldwide recognition
from private and corporate collectors. His works hang in numerous
galleries as well as private homes and corporate offices. Andrew's
public and private collections, include commissions for Holy Name
Cathedral, The National Realtor's Association, Northwestern University,
University of Chicago, Associated New Media in London and Reyes
Aquilera & Co., Madrid, Spain among many others.
Andrew J. Lidgus
is continuing his series of mixed media collages that pay tribute
to American Popular songs as well as beginning a series celebrating
he is completing a commissioned totem made of steel and glass,
named "In Dreams Again" for the Greenwood Pocket Park
in the gallery district, Short North, in Columbus, Ohio.