Chosen as the first poster contest winner for the 2013 ABRV Tour, Andrew Ringler has created a piece that perfectly emulates the Florida Derby - it’s vibrant colors along with the emphasis on fashion and competition collide, mimicking the change of season from winter to spring in South Florida.
RINGLER'S WINNING POSTER
Growing up in a small corner of rural Ohio, Andrew Ringler was presented with a landscape that would inspire his curiosity and propensity for finding beauty in the most unlikely places. As a child, Ringler remembers having an art bin filled with crafts and supplies that his parents had made him and his brother. He would get it out and create for hours. Even as a small child Ringler’s passion for art and creating was strong.
He claims the term ‘artsy’ is irrelevant.
“I am not an Andy Warhol, larger-than-life character,” Ringler said. “I do wish to hide behind my pieces and not make me the important figure over my art. I am VERY creative and always will be!”
The art is, to him, an instrument of vague personal expression focusing on emotion. This emotion is often expressed by work that lies outside of conventional notions of beauty. An abandoned house may look melancholy and nearing collapse, but one is enticed to enter nonetheless. These images materialize in his work through abandoned, industrial, and archaic visualizations, as well as a frequent tendency to contrast several elements that represent distinct emotions.
Where are you from?
I was born in rural Ohio, near Cleveland. I reside now in Miami, Fla.
What inspired you to go into art?
I have always been interested in art and have always drawn, painted, constructed and sculpted. A barn had fallen down across the street from my parents’ house and I would harvest the wood and use my father's tools to build a large building in the corner of my parents' property. The house burned down when I decided to put a fireplace in the construction and left it unattended. That was the end of that.
I didn't get serious about art until college when I took many electives in painting and won two juried shows at my university: Best in Show, 2006 - Best Painting, 2007. I moved to Miami and kicked it all up a notch and am now painting more than I have ever in my entire life just last year and hopefully more this year.
Who is your creative inspiration?
I am inspired by Edward Hopper, Gerhard Richter, and Francesca Woodman. Each of these artists has a quality I enjoy. Edward Hopper's painting of his era and use of color; Gerhard Richter for his changing styles, techniques in his work and his success; and Francesca Woodman for her pure artistic vision and dedication of art as her life, however that led to her inevitable downfall as she wore her ski inside out and all criticism hurt her very deep and created her eventual demise.
Explain your artwork - the process, the inspirations.
The process starts as ideas, usually while driving, I drive a lot and love to drive. Then I find resources to match. Sketching, photos and then design/layout of a piece. I then Purchase the canvas and at this point the color and vision is in place in my mind. I begin painting usually mono-chromatic and then add color in a glazing technique mixed with a direct painting method. Always use oil paints on Canvas.
Describe your ideal workspace.
I was telling you how I was going to get a studio, however that fell through. I would like a massive industrial space with cement floors and white walls where I could paint very large and store my art on site.
What goals do you have for yourself as an artist - short and long term?
Well, my goal this year is to PRODUCE, My art starts in my head and I just want to translate it as best I can on canvas. I really would like to have representation as well. I find myself floating around to galleries with no real concept of how to market my art. The art world makes no sense to me, and I suppose that's what I like about it.
Greatest accomplishment so far?
I had some shows in the Wynwood Art District during the last Art Basel Miami. However, I was VERY excited and proud to have a RAW artists Miami show and then win the ABR Poster competition all around the same time.
Can you tell us the background on the print we used or do you have anything special you want to say about it?
I really wanted to portray movement and good design. There are many slanting lines separating the different areas of the canvas. What made this successful was the colors and the design. The poster hit every target proposed in the ABR Contest Rules, I thought it was amazing I hit all or most of them. I looked toward early work by Edward Hopper and the "Morse Dry Dock" illustrations he did. I would LOVE to do more posters, I think it’s fascinating to be able to showcase another organization through my design and vision.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Hands-down, my friends and family are my biggest supporters. They go to my shows and support all my endeavors.
Are you working on anything right now?
YES, I paint every day at least four hours. I am working on a new series: Ill attach a photo.
It is a work in progress. It depicts "Villa Hammer" outside of Berlin Germany in the town of Forst. In this piece I hued the colors to extract more from the architecture of the house. I am creating more of these works based on my travels through Germany and Ohio and will use vivid color to extract more from this series.
Do you work on art full time?
As NOT a hobby, but a passion and eventual career.
What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy reading, film and music, but my painting is at center stage.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
I think it was more of a comment, After my juried show win in college the juror and gallery director said that I exhibited the talent to pursue a professional career in painting based on my early works. That stuck with me and I have continued to paint and show my work publicly.