Andy Anh Ha Bio
Since Andy Anh Ha’s arrival on the Los Angeles art scene in 2005 he has led the way in modernistic expressionism. He has started a trend that other artist have begun to replicate. From his simplistic style to his hand built wood panel boxes painted on with a high gloss finish. It is a finished product that Andy first began in the early 2000′s and since has perfected the look. From his very first showing at the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Andy has accumulated numerous awards. Including 1st place in the painting category in 2005, 2008, and 2011. His ingenuity was recognized in 2008 being awarded the Gil Gorbos award for most original. Other awards from the highly acclaimed Affaire in the Gardens show include Most Appealing Display in 2005 and 3rd place in 2007. It is no wonder Andy has fans that are collectors as well as other painters. You can find Andy’s work in various places across the US, but most notably in Southern California. From Macy’s in Pasadena, Yamashiro in Hollywood, to galleries in Laguna Beach. Hollywood’s elite and international leaders have caught notice of Andy’s works as collectors include Doug Ellin, creator of Entourage, actress Jessica Alba, and head of Saudia Arabian Governing Investment Authority Amr Abdullah Al Dabbagh. Giclee prints can be found in high end boutiques from Boston, MA to Denver, CO. Stores include Firefly Furnishing, Dream House, Checkered Moon, and Stones Throw. Amazon caries Anh Ha’s as well. You can also see his Grey Line series on HBO’s 2011 season of True Blood. The best example is from the episode, fittingly titled, “Cold Grey of Dawn”.
Anh Ha graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2004 with a bachelors in fine arts and concentration in media arts. His career as an artist officially started when he replaced the rolling door of the 2 car garage of his apartment in Burbank, CA on the quiet tree lined street of Maple St. Hand built a wall and door, and that was the beginning. Since then, Andy has moved on and purchased a studio and house in Tarzana, CA and opened a gallery in his home city of Nashville, TN. A new gallery in downtown Los Angeles is in the works. His works can be seen in galleries in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Studio City, Hollywood, Laguna Beach, and La Jolla. You can also follow Andy’s works as he travels to art festivals across California and other states around the country.
Andy’s works consist of a mixture of mediums not known to most other artists. If you look closely, you’ll see the depth and substance that Anh Ha has that others simply don’t. His texture is created by a closely regarded mixture of oils, acrylics, and other substances. Layers are applied at different intervals and can take up to 4-5 days to dry each. His signature look has been a progression of his own experimentation. Andy has known to have said his inspiration is through the personalities, not artwork, of artist such as Picasso and Basquiat. Art that does inspire Ha, are masterpieces created by michealangelo. “The precision and detail is unmatched.” Though Ha’s paintings are representational and expressionistic, there is a considerable amount to evaluate and to accomplish. From his woodwork of building his wood frames to complex layering of various mediums, to his compositionally placed signature. Andy has found a way to balance design, composition, color weight, movement, symmetry in hues, and variation in sizes while keeping it aesthetically pleasing. Look for yourself…
“Creativity and originality is a must, I wouldn’t be an artist if it wasn’t.”
Painting is an outlet of creative expression. It is a testimony of my thoughts and emotions. It is to beautify my mind, body, and soul by pleasing the eye aesthetically and thoughts conceptually.
The canvas is the most important tool, it is the foundation of balance created by the collaboration of subject and negative space. I choose acrylic paint because it allows me to be versatile during drying and mixing methods. Red, blue, and yellow are dominant colors in my paintings because they are the purest values, all other hues are made by mixing these primary colors. The lotus flower is the thesis behind all of my works. It’s understood as, “creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings.”
The lotus is an important aspect in regards to the relation it has with my culture and way of life. It represents my upbringing as a 1 st generation welfare recipient and how my life has transformed. Through obtaining knowledge and culture, success has blossomed. I have stayed grounded by knowing that from hard work and determination, goals can be achieved. I am an Asian-American, and through my paintings I wish to share this balanced, beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western culture.
Andy Anh Ha.