Andy Cross is a prolific painter with incredible facility for representational drawing. Embracing a post-internet practice and the multiplicity of experience inherent within, Cross masterfully switches between figurative, abstract and symbolic work within one series, each piece is held together by aesthetic choices such as size and color, shape and form, or subject such as embellished portraits of his art cohorts, allowing the viewer to draw connections between disparate images. Tabloids, google image search, art history studies and his own travel journals are rich with narrative & imagery that ultimately serve as a source for his artwork.
Cross often reworks previous paintings, brazenly cutting out & collaging several bodies of work together, synthesizing old & new to incorporate spills & drips with portraits, landscapes & symbols. This non-hierarchical way of painting has freed the artist to make what he is most passionate about in the moment without the pressure to resolve work, until a later date. When a body of work does coalesce it is very focused and could easily be presented as a suite of six or more. A similar questioning of the status quo can be found in the oeuvre of Martin Kippenberger, and Cross’s latest foray into monumental painting richly explores allegory and social ills, sharing an interest with Neo Rauch. Andy Cross also enjoys making works on paper & large scale installations.
Andy earned his MFA in painting from Hunter in 2006 and a BFA in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2001. Cross had a solo exhibition of framed drawings in 2016 at Sardine in Bushwick--numerous framed drawings were hung salon style atop a vibrant wall-to-wall painting of the cosmos, the show was titled Cosmic Spandex. His work has been included in shows in New York, Boston, MA, New Mexico, Germany & Italy including solo shows at Martos Gallery (Chelsea, NYC), Sardine (Bushwick, NYC) and many group shows including M2A (Dresden, DE), Galerie Mikael Andersen (Berlin, DE), Peter Blum (Chelsea, NYC) & Krevits Wehby (Chelsea, NYC). His work has been reviewed in Art in America and ArtNews and numerous online sources.