Andy Gellenberg, Morbach (GER)
Languages: German, English
Andy first learned something "right" and worked in retail. But then his creativity prevailed and he graduated as a communication designer. Fortunately, because who would have wanted to miss his powerful and dynamic illustrations?! His Pop Art inspired portraits and striking figures can be found on packaging, in magazines and annual reports. Other sources of inspiration are music and street art, which is clearly visible in his work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andy: Selling sneakers just was not what I wanted to do forever. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andy: I studied communication design. Question: Where do you live? Andy: I live in the countryside, close to Trier, the oldest city of Germany. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Andy: Long desk, art and design books, music and godzilla. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Andy: Everything. Music, art, film, life. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Andy: I wish there was a recipe. Question: What technique do you use? Andy: I try not to be too hooked to just one technique. Between pure digital work and handmade collages, it´s all there. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed? Andy: Nike booked me to do an artwork for the release of the new Lebron James signature shoe. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Andy: Doing the album cover for Pharrell Williams or Kanye West would be really neat. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Andy: There are quite a few personalities that inspire me. Kaws, Basqiat, Warhol, Andrew Salgado, Clean Peterson… But none of them is my role model. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Andy: Several and none of it is filled. Question: What are your hobbies? Andy: Good food, art and travelling. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Andy: Probably a musician. Question: Who would you like to meet? Andy: Pharrell Williams, Jean Michel Basquiat would be exciting too. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Andy: Back to the 70s. Woodstock. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Andy: I would decide that spontaneously. Question: Do you collect anything? Andy: I am working on an art collection. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Andy: S.K.A.T.E.
AMEX, ARAG, Faber-Castell, Mediamarkt, Monster Energy, Nike, NME, Pernod Ricard, Reach Records, Rizla, Schwarzkopf, VW, Warsteiner
Kunstgalerie: MOMA New York
Laden: Muss noch erfunden werden.
Essen: Sushi, Phở