- Andrew Lewicki
- Posted 32 months ago by staff · Art & Design · 8326 Views
Having grown up immersed in a world of design and deviant illicit artwork, it wasn't a far stretch for Los Angeles based artist Andrew Lewicki to reach his current position. His artwork, which sees skate ramps carefully crafted out of walnut and skatepark rails plated with gold, has been directly influenced by skateboarding as a kid. "Everywhere that I went in public, I would size up structures to see if they were skate-able, then fantasy would kick in and larger than life structures such as building rooftops and the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge tempted my imagination."
After attending art school Lewicki decided to pursue a career in fine arts and, having always been intrigued by the areas societies and governments sanction for otherwise illegal activities (e.g. skateparks and legal graffiti walls), he started to create artwork which reversed the roles of these sanctioned zones. "Sure, skateparks push the envelope of extreme skating and legal walls allow for some elaborate pieces, but they are missing one key element, the mischievousness. They are simulations, you don't get the excitement of breaking the law, and there is no adventure. [These pieces] are skatepark apparatuses that are not to be skated."
Skateboarding is not Andrew Lewicki's only inspiration however, "I love corny jokes, and enjoy witty humor and puns. I also get obsessed with materials and methods of fabrication and manufacturing. I am a huge design buff with a cruel spell of OCD, and I think that tends to shine through in my artwork."