About

 

 

Andrea Kim Valdez is a Sculptor who has always drawn extensively- life drawing, landscape, the 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. She has exhibited widely and has work in private collections in the UK and abroad.

 

More about the 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

Solo Exhibitions
2018
Front Room Art Room for Wildlife
2017
Front Room Art Drawn in Light (iPad Drawings)
2016
Front Room Art On the Edge of Beauty
2013
NorthandSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate– Wilderness
2012
The Crouch End Gallery Las Amazonas– ipad drawings and prints

Group Exhibitions

2016
Discerning Eye
Brazilian Embassy, Shortlisted for Ibero-American Arts Award
2015
Avondale Gallery Paint and Pixels
2014
ArtGemini Portrait of Albert Turpin
Installation ‘Albert Turpin in his Studio’ The Crouch End Gallery
2013
Worcester Open July
2011
Discerning Eye, November
2011
Installation ‘Ecos de la Selva’ , Solo Show Sandringham Gardens, London
Art House, LJCC, Ivy House, London
2010
Installation in the Hornsey War Memorial, Park Rd, N8
2009
Drawing ‘Moving Visions’ Solo Show, Sandringham Gardens, London
Twenty Original Gallery Group show, curator and exhibitor
Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works Gallery, London 
Drawn together, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2
2008
Hornsey Town Hall
Curator and exhibitor of group show including sculpture, site specific installation, film and sound
Solo Show
, Sandringham Gardens, London
2007
Solo show
, Crouch End Open Studios, London
Small is Beautiful, Curator and exhibitor at Royal Academy Schools Gallery
2006
Original Gallery, London, CEOS Group Show, Curator and exhibitor
Solo Show, Sandringham Gardens, London
2005
Crouch End Open Studios Founding organiser and exhibitor
John Jones Gallery
, Finsbury Park, London, Crouch End Open Studios group show, curator and exhibitor
Solo Show, sculpture, Sandringham Gardens, London
2000
Sculpture Residency, Far North Queensland, Australia.
1998
‘Art Select’ at Battersea Arts Centre
Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
1997
Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery
1995
Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
1994
Battersea Art Fair
1993
60th Annual Exhibition, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers