Cheeky characters and bulk colour from artist Andy Rementer
Andy Rementer’s work is addictive. An illustrator and all-round creative based out of Philadelphia, his work is vibrant, colourful and zany. Since graduating the University of Arts in 2004, and after a stint working in Italy, Andy divides his time between drawing, cartooning, painting and animating. You may have seen his characteristic heavy outlines and block colour drawings for the New York Times, MTV Urban Outfitters or Apartamento magazine. Perhaps you’ve even caught an exhibition; he’s had solo shows and acclaim across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia.
Andy has said that he is inspired by the textures of urban landscapes, medieval art, and the stories that live inside mass crowds. His work often depicts compact, busy city-scapes and crowds of people and animals, all interlocked into a beautiful combination of bold lines and a hit of colour. His love of handmade typography and vintage colour palettes also find a way into his amazing little worlds. The way Andy uses colour and pattern is almost Memphis-esque in its strong saturation and high impact. If, at a first glance, his work may appear amateur or child-like do not be fooled. Upon deeper inspection, you’ll notice the most subtle, clever, human references and cheeky details. It make us want to jump inside his wonderful visual universes, morph into a buff duck about to play polo or a fully clothed alligator up to no good with a spray can (we’re not kidding, go have a look on his website).
Last night Andy opened his latest solo show, this time at Commune gallery in Tokyo. It’s called Together, and features all of his fun favourites; studies of people interlocked by narrative, colourful and expressive, in their own little city. If you’re in Japan, catch it until May 26.