In recent work, Andrew Salgado’s paintings blend figurative and abstract elements, while sneaking in allusions to historical artists and contemporary practitioners. As his approach to work has changed, the London artist says the paintings take new directions as he works, saying that having no set plan “offers greater challenges but I think yields better results.”
Canadian-born artist Andrew Salgado borrows a variety of influences from art history and popular culture, to paint portraits of deconstructed identities. The people Salgado chooses to portray are complex personalities. Salgado acknowledges this, but does not strive to paint the person’s whole identity. Instead, Salgado uses a variety of abstract elements to underline the now-ness during which his subjects were painted.