With much respect to Phillip K. Dick, do prepare your limbic system for the art assault of Andrew Jones—if ya can!
My stalwart companion, Dwight, attended a ConceptArt workshop back in 2005 and let's just say, he came back changed. For the better, of course. It was a totally immersive and communal experience for him, and one that really opened him up creatively.
Names like Coro Kaufman, Jon Foster, J.P. Targete and Andrew Jones got brought up a lot afterwards and I gotta admit—I kinda got changed, too.
I was brand new to concept art as a field (like many, I suppose). And even though the term itself wasn't as en vogue then as it is now, there was already a proliferation of young artists rockin' it hard.
Plus, ConceptArt.org sounded like the coolest place on the planet! Twelve million people a year visiting and sharing images with each other, in one on-line community? Who could hate that?
Okay, I'm digressing—back to Mr. Jones.
Andrew (or Android) is one of the co-founders of ConceptArt.org and its entertainment business other side, Massive Black. In the early days of his career, he worked for ILM, Black Isle Studios and Nintendo, before eventually stepping out with Jason Manley and Coro to do their own thing. The art world has never fully recovered, by the way.
As we've mentioned before on this site, this guy does it all and well. And consistently. Concept art, illustration, fashion design, body art, teaching at workshops, live digital performances—everything.
His 1000 Portraits Project from '02 was just a motherf*cker to behold. As you followed the changes in the images, you started to see extreme changes in the artist, too—literally (it was nuts).
On Saturday, November 7th, Andrew's very first gallery show, Liminal Rez, will jump off. Push Studio in San Francisco is the place, 7PM is the time and it'll probably be bedlam. Jonsey is really popular and well, really good.
We're honored to have had this young art warrior come on and hang out with us. We've been big fans for like, five years now, so it was a long time coming.
And the devil's in the details on this one, folks, so don't sheep. Umm, sleep...sorry.