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Electric Summer is inspired by Andrea von Bujdoss’ love of the bright and bold, in everything she creates as an artist. From her large scale graffiti murals, to her exuberant use of fluorescent color, to her “Lyricals” custom typography series, she reminds us to appreciate the visual excitement and unbridled positive dynamic self-expression that is often lacking within the confines of ordinary life. Her deep roots as a graffiti artist, a native New Yorker and a designer have given her visual language a consistently bold and bombastic quality. A love of craftsmanship and precision endows her detailed painting and drawing style.
Electric Summer features a new and fresh body of work consisting of paintings, archival giclee prints, limited edition screenprints and neon work. An unbridled use of color unifies the works. As a masterful typographer, Andrea creates both traditional and avant-garde hand lettering works, informed by her unbridled use of color that unifies her work as a whole. Her “Lyricals Part II” series is a compilation of inspiring hand-drawn, then digitally rendered, song lyrics such as Cindy Lauper’s “I wanna be the one to walk in the sun…” and Jeru the Damaja’s “Because I choose to use my infinite potential…” These works are drawn in an innovative bubble graffiti handstyle, invented by the artist herself. Queen Andrea’s colorful neon works consist of direct simple phrases such as “Hots Tuff” and “Going Places” that are layered with personal meanings and positive messages, challenging the typical usage of neon.
Queen Andrea’s new series of geometry paintings use exciting interplays of color and form. These works convey both compositional symmetry and sacred geometry, as well as chaos and tension. In “Purple Totem,” the enveloping abstract assymetrical composition contains sharp forms and harsh contracting colors, defying harmony but expressing a whimsical graphic interplay. Other geometric works imply ascension, using triangle motifs that seem to climb and rise out of the bounds of the canvas.
Andrea’s unique graphic expertise extends beyond ordinary limits and has allowed her to establish a recognizable and often sought-after graphic style which has influenced the realms of fashion, street art, publishing, urban culture and graphic design.
The Electric Summer Block Party will be held at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge coinciding with Queen Andrea’s solo exhibition AHA Fine Art @ 111 Front St. Suite 222 in Dumbo Brooklyn. Featuring live graffiti by Queen Andrea and special guests Cycle, Doves and Cern, music by DJ DocTC5, dancing, snacks and beverages.
Andrea von Bujdoss (AKA graffiti surname “Queen Andrea”) is a New York City based fine artist, illustrator, graffiti artist and graphic designer. A native New Yorker raised in the vibrant Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, Andrea has been deeply inspired by the urban landscape from an early age. As a teenager, she befriended some of the most prolific old school graffiti writers and actively taught herself the complicated artform of graffiti. She then earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design and began a successful career, working for worldwide brands who appreciate both the urban creative flavor of her work and her versatile and passionate knowledge of typography, branding and visual communication. Her work has directly impacted graffiti, urban and streetwear cultures.
The excitement, color, diversity and crazy energy of city life, and especially graffiti, is where Andrea finds her creative inspiration. Renegade cutting-edge artforms, brash sub-cultures and lifestyles that have sprang forth from an ever-changing urban metropolis give her the visual stimulus, the guts, and the urge to create and innovate. Her artistic style is influenced by an endless appreciate of typography as well as themes of urban life, female superheroes, fame, the advertising age, the golden age of hip hop, funk and rap music, geometry, cartooning, symbolism, signpainter lettering, bling, diamonds and bombastic bright color. Andrea’s newer works are intricate and intense explorations of geometry, color and form which create fantastical, harmonious, bright worlds of abstraction. She has been featured in major art shows, toy shows, magazines, books, fashion lines and brand collaborations, and has curated and exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally. Andrea is currently focusing on national and international solo exhibitions.