Thursday, August 13, 2009

Borrowing From The World

I enjoy surrealism, where the visuals are not realistic. Alex Andreev brings us these crisp and sharply rendered dark images from a world that is familiar, yet there is no explanation to what we see. I think surrealism is fun and entertainment, a trick to the mind. I always try to imagine what the artist is thinking at the moment of conception or guess why these images come to mind. Alex's statement to Monzuki, "I honestly don't think I 'own' any of my work per se, I prefer to think of creative process as 'borrowing' from the surrounding world."

Alex Andreev is from Saint Petersburg, Russia. His favorite artist is Zdislaz Beksinski. He enjoys using Photoshop and Corel Painter in creating his art, using basic brushes without any filters for effects. He said, "By using limited toolset, I am able to achieve stylistic consistency throughout my portfolio. I focus more on expression of my creative concept than on technology tools."

Alex is a creative director for a major advertising agency, focusing on development and promotion of brands. He is also hired as an environment artist on an animation feature film based on the eponymous Soviet movie made in 1986 by George Danelia, about the fall of human culture. He is responsible for developing the locations, buildings, and various mechanisms and gadgets.