We got to catch up with Artist and client Andrew Faulkner. We visited Andrew in his studio in the ICB Building in Sausalito to talk about his practice in depth.
Your studio is located in the ICB building, do you want to talk about the community of artists that work there? Do you ever collaborate on unique projects?
I like to tell people that I literally moved my art practice from my kitchen table to the ICB. A catalyst for this change was taking a workshop from artist, Nick Wilton. Nick teaches, has a thriving art practice on the third floor of the ICB and is also a great guy who inspires many artists in the building.
The ICB, which we like to think is the “Tribeca of Sausalito” includes artists of all kinds including painters, sculptors, fabric artists, photographers, multimedia producers, sound studios and much more. One unique aspect of this art community is that we all get along :-). There is no sense of competition and if anything we are all promoting each other’s work.
My primary focus is on abstract landscapes and architectural interiors, and my art is inspired by the vibrant colors of my Northern California surroundings (specifically Marin). If painting were religion I would be praying to the saints: Matisse, Diebenkorn and Hockney.
You mentioned an invented colorspace, could you please elaborate on what that means to you? Would you say that working in both physical and digital painting influences the interdisciplinary nature of your work?
Although I’m a fan of “plein air” landscape painting, much of my creativity and composition happens in the studio or on the computer. If you look at my web site there is a whole section of limited edition prints. These are all “digital paintings” created on a Mac using ArtRage software and a Wacom tablet (stylus) I’ve peen selling these prints steadily for 15 years and now they are becoming “sketches for larger original oil paintings.