Andy Davis is a burrito-loving father, husband, friend, artist and designer. Southern California has been home to him all his life. He was fortunate to grow up here during the free loving 70’s era, which is most likely the origin of his laid-back, daydreamy mindset. In an interview with West Elm, Andy describes himself as “the world’s greatest daydreamer.” To be a successful artist producing as much beautiful work as he does, wouldn't you have to be?
After seeing his son off to school in the mornings and before making his way to Way Way Out There (his studio and gallery), he cruises out to ride the breaking ocean waves onhis board.
In his surf-inspired paintings and drawings, you’ll find faceless people riding waves in a bold, minimalistic, color-blocking style. He has a distinct style that stands out from others, which has helped him become a successful creator. Andy is seen as a legendary modern artist in surf culture.
In an interview with Sun Bum, Andy explains that choosing to make the characters faceless allows fluidity in the mind of the observer. This way each person can have freedom to attach their own individual feelings to the experience surfing brings to them. A mindful outlook like this shows that Andy is not only making art for himself, but he has passion in creating an experience for everyone that encounters his designs.
Other than ocean waves, music is essential to his creative process. The speakers are always loudly pumping out rhythmic tunes to fuel his imaginative flow. If you step into his Solana Beach studio and gallery, musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Drugdealer, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and so many others fill the space. Andy absorbs the acoustic soulfulness and pours it into his art.
Journey As A Career Artist
An artistic style of life began in Andy’s early years after high school where he cultivated a clothing brand he named Free. The title “Free” truly embodied the path in which he was setting out for himself. A traditional path – entailing graduating from high school, moving onto college, and then into a conventional career – was not a fitting future he saw for himself. Without the help of his supportive parents, he would not have been able to pursue this direction. Family is everything to him and he expresses gratitude for these opportunities and vital support on a daily basis.
Where You Can Find Him
Beyond his gallery, you are able to find his designs on SunBum skincare products, Igloo coolers, Patagonia t-shirts, Vans shoes and clothes, Billabong boardshorts, and so many other places around the world. Andy has been commissioned for murals you can explore at this link: Andy Davis Art | Murals.
For Coast Film Festival 2022, Andy Davis produced a logo encompassing the free spirit of life in the outdoors. In his simplistic, bold colored way of expression, you see the sun, mountains, birds, a surfer, and a climber depicted in a circular design. He was present at the three-day festival autographing posters for guests.
As a nonconformist to the blackhole of capitalistic culture, Andy Davis forged a unique path. To be a successful artist in the climate of today’s economy is a feat on its own. He loves what he does which emanates from who he is. He could not see himself doing anything other than art. Andy states, “Art has always been an escape for me to do things the way I want to do them.” This statement expresses honor for his desire to be himself and express his unabated self in an unconventional attitude excluding and feeling of boundaries.