Andrew Spear’s career started at age 5, just outside Boston in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he would lie on his living room floor and draw on the back of Beatles albums. His love of music and coloring forced Andrew to renounce all types of sports which, living in New England, automatically put him in a class of rejects.
At age 19, while attending the Art Institute of Boston, the state of Massachusetts decided he should move to a more appealing climate to pursue his artistic endeavors. (He agreed.) Spear chose what he believed to be the California of the east coast, Sarasota, Florida, where he attended art camp for the rich, aka Ringling School of Art & Design. After graduating, he decided to go out into the world to see if he could become part of the 10% of artists that actually make a living off their artwork.
Instead, he found himself in the San Francisco Bay area, working at an art supply store along with the other 90%. This small detour forced Spear to lock himself in his one-bedroom apartment and focus on getting his shit together. His visual motivation was to create images of the things he loved most — music, movies and pop culture. He decided to get serious, move back to the east coast and put his career into overdrive. Relocating to New York City was the equivalent of enrolling in art boot camp: there, no one cared about him or what he was doing, so he had nothing to lose. He relentlessly pursued anything and everything that would pay him: scenic work, illustration, freelance photography, screen printing — even bartending — and completely immersed himself in the city’s cultural military.
Eventually, Andrew was recruited for scenic work in sunny Orlando, Florida, where he currently resides today. He started his own scenic and design company, Metro Finishes (Metrofinishes.com). As the co-owner of this venture, Andrew has had plenty of time to perfect his craft and take on commercial projects, which have kept him from living in a cardboard box.
In addition to not becoming homeless, Spear was a featured artist in Juxtapoz magazine and he designed murals for the 2011 season of MTV’s The Real World, in the Hard Rock Hotel’s penthouse in Las Vegas.
Aside from all of this nonsense, Andrew continues to draw inspiration from his never-ending love affair with sound, one he’s had since he was 5 years old.” via Spearlife.com.
Here for his second RUN with us, Andrew Spear brings us the funky Star Wars inspired giclée print “R2-DEESCO” available exclusively here at 1xRUN.com. Read on for time lapse videos of past murals from Andrew, more past works and our 1xRUN Thru Interview with Andrew Spear where he talks about past influences and more.
1xRun Thru Interview
Andrew Spear – R2DEESCO
1xRun: Is the original still for sale?
Andrew Spear: It is SOLD!
1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?
Andrew Spear: This piece was drawn this past March after attending a Mega Con in Orlando.
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Andrew Spear: This piece is definitely self explanatory!!!
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Andrew Spear: I just thought it was a cool idea after i made a comparison of R2D2’s head looking like a disco ball to a friend. . . then when I got home, i laid out the ruff idea. Like the fact that he has a disco ball head, a double disk cd player, ever ready turntable arms, a tape deck, surround sound, and I believe he’s also a Karaoke machine !!!
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Andrew Spear: Somewhere around 2 weeks.
1xRun: What is unique about R2-DEESCO?
Andrew Spear: You tell me .
1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Andrew Spear: Because it’s a different twist on a pop icon between film & sound.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Andrew Spear: When I was 4 years old drawing and coloring on my playroom floor listening to Beatles albums.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
Andrew Spear: You’d have to ask my mum about that one.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Andrew Spear: My family, The Beatles, The Monkees, & Star Wars naturally.
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Andrew Spear: Man, Im inspired by everything. . . really, I couldn’t even begin to answer this.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Andrew Spear: I’m actually more of music collector than a visual artist collector. I’ve got about 2000 cd’s and about 5000 albums !!! I have a huge vinyl collector. Always have been.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Andrew Spear: Stevie Wonder, because I want to show him color … I know I could !!!
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Andrew Spear: Picasso & Michael Jackson of course.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Andrew Spear: The first artist I collected was my dad, who past away when i was 20.
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Andrew Spear: I get to barter with other artists!!! It’s one of the good perks.
1xRun: Where can people find you across the wide world of the internette?