Andrew Wilkinson is a student of perception, bridging culture and subculture with introspection, humor, and wit.
Formally trained in both fine art and media communications, Wilkinson combines both disciplines to create captivating reconstructions of everyday objects into works of art that challenge even the most devoted perception. Iconic cultural imagery is gently riled up to encourage a reevaluation of nostalgia and settled perceptions. Of his work, Wilkinson cites, “The artist is the custodian of identifying what is current and exploiting the content into another accessible medium. I aim to constantly exploit the aspect of accessibility.”
Mainstream iconic pop images infused into Wilkinson’s world after having moved to America from Southern England, and stayed vivid in his mind. “Aspects of ‘culture’ became amplified after moving to the USA and getting an early cultural introduction through watching American television. Things I didn’t grow up with — like The Brady Bunch, The Monkees, the QVC Channel, K-mart, late night infomercials — all were visually overwhelming to me. Eventually, the output became art in the form of whichever media best suited the message.”
Though Wilkinson’s art is anchored by his extensive study of photography, his mediums span the realm of video art, printmaking, and casting sculpture. “I have aspirations to work on a larger scale with all the mediums I use and hope to find gallery support to do so. For now, my goals are in the present — to make good art now.”
Wilkinson’s work has been featured in the Jersey City Museum; Newark Library Prints Collection; Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art; Arizona Museum of Contemporary Art; Philadelphia Sculpture Gym; Arts Council of Princeton; D&R Greenway; Abington Arts Center; Artworks Trenton; Gallery 219 Trenton; West Windsor Arts Council; Ellarslie Museum; Trenton, among other venues overseas in Russia and Beijing.
In addition, his work has received national recognition, having been reviewed by the New York Times, Visual Arts Journal, Ad Busters, Trenton Times, Phoenix New Times, Bucks County Herald, Princeton Packet, US1 News, Town Topics, Princeton Magazine, The Inteligencier, and more.