Imagine yourself wandering lonely in a city you discover for the first time. Put on your glasses and try to observe people surrounding you. You possibly feel overwhelmed by busy people running all over the places keeping up with their daily life activities, checking the time or making important phone calls regarding the upcoming meeting with the Japanese clients. Then stop over a café and, while sipping your chai tea latte, take a window seat in order to take a closer look to the city encircling you. You notice an ad panel plugging the latest film starring the actor you love most, that man with a nice hat having a smoke and that cozy terrace where people are sunbathing. That is what I feel every time I lose myself in Andy Rementer’s artworks.
Born in the USA, Andy Rementer graduated from the University of the Arts in 2004 and, after an Italian parenthesis working at Fabrica (one of Italy’s most creative and inspiring place, in my opinion), he settled in the US where he shares his creativity and his life with Margherita Urbani.
He divides his working life between drawing, cartooning, painting and animating. Moreover, he counts many important collaborations with The New Yorker, MTV, We Transfer and Pull&Bear, just to mention a few.
Andy Rementer has the capability to give a sense of flatness in a three-dimensional perception of the surrounding space, where every detail is distinguished by contrasting bright colors but defined by black outlines. The result is a peaceful universe, an idyllic picture of our messed-up world.
How and what influenced you developing your style?
There are many factors that have influenced me over the years. I remember discovering underground comics as a young adult, and being very inspired by that. Cartoonists like Robert Crumb and Chris Ware are early heroes of mine. I also studied graphic design, so I feel there is a strong sense of order, composition and typography that influence everything I do. My time spent living in Italy, where I made frequent trips to Venice and was surrounded by beautiful art and architecture also had a profound effect on my creative growth.
How does inspiration works in your mind? And what is for you inspirational?
I never understand how, why, where, or when inspiration happens. I guess it occurs the most for me while working deeply on something. Often a visual thought or creative gesture can unexplainable lead to something bigger and better, and that, for me, is very exciting. In general, I get inspired a lot, so that’s why I carry a sketchbook with me wherever I go, so I can record my thoughts and observations for later… otherwise I might forget!
How your daily life experience and your connection within the city you live affects your drawings?
I live and work in a city, and love to travel to cities, so as a result I get a lot of inspiration from that. I love observing characters, gritty urban textures, as well as overheard conversations. All of this stuff filters into my sketchbook and my work somehow.
Do you see yourself as an artist?
I see myself as an artist because creativity is my means of expressing myself.