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.