Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Andy Cunningham
by Bree Garcia
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
AC: My creative process is a mix of experimentation and scientific study. My preferred mediums are painting and drawing, and a bit of sculptural elements. The style is carefully careless and loosely planned, structured casual.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
AC: On a local level I have been teaching drawing for about 8 years to middle school and high school students at the Sacramento Country Day School. On a Global level, I brought an international show to Sacramento in 2011 which consisted of 25 artists from all around the USA, Australia, Germany, and France. I hope to do it again someday if the timing is right.
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?
AC: Never stop making art. Art is a language; if you don’t speak it regularly you will lose your voice. Study history and look at others work. Sacramento has a way of making art an insular activity, reach out.
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
AC: Salvatore Victor. I met Sal outside a bagel shop in midtown while sketching. We instantly became friends with a shared passion for working hard and sticking to our guns. Jack Alvarez, Craig Martinez, and John Fortes, pretty much for the same reason…continuous hard work and focused vision.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
AC: The one and only Richard L Press, 1831F St. Go once with a name in your head and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
AC: No, not really… keep your head down and keep working, look and look again.
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
AC: I’ll be showing about 20 pieces in Grenoble France this October,and participating in a show in Groningen, Netherlands this November. I’ve recently started a tumblr. I’ll be adding work to it and hopefully documenting older work along the way.