Sweet love, I miss you!!
Artwork by Michael Reedy.
Artist Spotlight: Esao Andrews
Let me just start by saying that Esao Andrews is probably the main reason why I started this blog. His work is breathtaking yet sometimes makes me want to crawl under my bed. You have no idea how hard it was for me to not post his whole entire gallery on here.
You probably know his as the “Circa Survive artist”. Circa Survive is an awesome band, it’s only fitting that they have an awesome artist to go along with their music. Their music and lyrics stand out from other post hardcore bands, and so do their album covers. As far as I know, Andrews has been collaborating with CS since their very first release, The Inuit Sessions in 2005, and he’s done backdrops for their tours. Even when I was in middle school, I was enamoured with his art- I tried painting a really crappy copy of the famous On Letting Go balloon girl. If you don’t listen to Circa Survive, you’ve probably still seen his art floating around somewhere on the internets.
His work is obviously very surreal (heads on fire! conjoined twins! eyeballs galore! no heads!), with a dark, yet muted colour palette. Andrews uses oil paints, which is the medium most artists agree is the hardest to work with. And I love the pale, sickly skin tones. The boy from the cover of Blue Sky Noise totally looks like a Roman God. I could look at him all day. His animal creature things are super cool and weird, like nothing I’ve ever seen before that are both sort of cute and scary at the same time. This is my favourite kind of subject matter, things/characters that could be pretty but there’s just a couple things that are just off.
And did you know that he did some Game of Thrones art for a show once? EXTRA COOL POINTS!
(I do enjoy how the title is simply “hello”.)
Above (from left to right): ”Portrait of Chelsea”, 2010. “Acorn and the Dryad”, 2004. “Blue Sky Noise”, 2010. “Letting Go”, 2007. “Untitled(with veil)”, 2011. “House of Mystery #19”, 2009. “Sisters”, 2012.