"Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding"
Separate Lives, A Two Person Exhibition in the Project Room.
Opening reception - Saturday, January 12th, 7pm-9pm
January 12, 2008 through February 9, 2008NEW YORK, NY (January 2, 2008) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Separate Lives, a two-person exhibition featuring works by Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding. Paired together, these two young Brooklyn-based artists will combine their talents to present new paintings and drawings, showcasing each of their distinctly creative voices. This will be the first time Andrews has shown at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. His work, full of dark and whimsical allegory will be put on display in a series of skillfully rendered oil paintings. "Surreal, frightening and humorous all at once, his pieces are windows into a strange and imaginative dream world."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Esao Andrews grew up in the Arizona desert, and moved to New York in 1996 to complete his BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. After graduating in 2000, he spent the next few years working as a flash animator while painting in his free time. Andrews exhibited his oil paintings in coffee shops and group shows before landing his first major two-person show at Fuse Gallery in New York with John John Jesse in 2003. He has since collaborated with Tara McPherson for a DC Comics project, and has created album artwork for several bands, as well. Esao Andrews has developed a signature cast of dark and surreal characters, blending erotic and sometimes frightening images, in a manner that is often compared with other American artists like Mark Ryden and John Currin.
If you enjoyed these pieces remember to check out Esao's site. Remember to check out the Jonathan LeVine gallery as well.