Andrea Kim Valdez Sculptor, Curator and iPad Artist
As a Sculptor Andrea Kim Valdez has always drawn extensively and written and published articles about Art. Her drawing encompasses life drawing, landscape, movement and dance- and this had led to her current practice as an Ipad artist.
She is a founder of the well-regarded Crouch End Open Studios and curator of numerous exhibitions for Front Room Art at The Crouch End Gallery. She has exhibited widely and has work in private collections in the UK and abroad.
More about the Acrylic sculpture
The sculptures are designed using cardboard and paper, then the acrylic sheet is cut with a jigsaw. Recent work transferred the designs to a CAD program for laser cutting. This allows more complex shapes to be cut, and for the creations of editions of the sculptures, as well as a freedom in scale.
Design and cutting the sheet is followed by bending the work in various directions using a hot air torch, and assembly the pieces using a special glue (called Acrylic welding). Some sculptures are engraved, the engraved lines subtly catching the light along the surface.
The resulting work is highly original, colourful and delicate, and can be placed in natural light, under spotlights, or more adventurously, under ultraviolet spotlights.
How the Drawings are made
Ipad Apps allow images to be built up in layers from a variety of sources. Some, mostly in the first Las Amazonas series, include original photographs and pen and ink or pencil drawings made on visits to the Amazon.
Each layer on the iPad can be treated separately in terms of transparency, colour and relationship to the layers above or below. The final image is made from multiple layers – one layer being the drawing made directly on the Ipad. The final image will be the one amongst many possibilities that the artist has chosen to print.
Training and Awards
1991 Dip-AD Sculpture- Sir John Cass School of Art
1991 Owen Rowley Memorial Prize for the best work in the Final Year show.
1991 1st Prize in Sculpture Class for the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers
The Crouch End Gallery Installation “The Great Wave of Plastic”
Front Room Art Room for Wildlife
Front Room Art Drawn in Light (iPad Drawings)
Front Room Art On the Edge of Beauty
NorthandSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate– Wilderness
The Crouch End Gallery Las Amazonas– ipad drawings and prints
Hornsey Town Hall Exhibition including sculpture, site specific installation, film and sound
Hornsey Original Gallery Curator and Exhibitor, Crouch End Open Studios
Royal Academy Schools Gallery “Small is Beautiful” Curator and Exhibitor
John Jones Gallery, Finsbury Park, London – Inaugural Exhibition Crouch End Open Studios
Group Exhibitions and Competitions
Bainbridge Print Studios
Virtual Gallery “Dance Continuum”
Brazilian Embassy, Shortlisted for Ibero-American Arts Award
Avondale Gallery “Paint and Pixels”
ArtGemini – “Portrait of Albert Turpin”
The Crouch End Gallery ‘Albert Turpin in his Studio’
Installation at Sandringham Gardens, London ‘Ecos de la Selva’
Art House, LJCC, Ivy House, London
Installation in the Hornsey War Memorial, Park Rd, N8 “The Birth of the Innocents”
Millinery Works Gallery, London “Contemporary British Art”
28 Redchurch Street, London E2 “Drawn Together”
Sculpture Residency, Far North Queensland, Australia.
Battersea Arts Centre “Art Select’
Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery
Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
Battersea Art Fair
National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers 60th Annual Exhibition