Andrew Duff is a mixed media visual artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of both OCAD and NSCAD, Andrew currently draws robots on just about everything. His robot explorations include drawings, collages, mixed media paintings and silkscreen prints. Each piece celebrates our natural flaws and strives to bridge the gap between hi-tech and handmade. A crafty lowbrow meets sci-fi graffiti kind of thing.
My current body of work explores the juxtaposition of shiny, new high technology and urban decay. Through the materials and process I use in my practice, I investigate themes of challenge and hope. Graffiti, comics and 1980s science fiction movies continue to influence my work, as I strive to create characters and narratives that speak to my own story. These robots started out as a reaction to my struggles in life, but each has evolved into a unique journey.
By using collage to reveal texture (through addition/subtraction of materials), then drawing and painting on top of that, I distress the image and showcase its flaws. The characters I’ve created are not perfect, and for me, this reflects on the challenges we all face in everyday life. Each of us has our own journey, and I see the juice of life in the challenges we meet. Life is rough, and so are my robots and the beat up rocket ships they fly in. Their dents and scars are showing, but their humour and tenacity remain intact.
Throughout my work is a short line of text I created for my robots: When I dream, I dream I am beautiful. It is a simple meditation: to find peace with the present and hope for the future. When I collage distressed paper, with bleeding colour and overlapping images, I am able to capture moments of hard earned escape that are full of potential.
2012 Gerrard Art Space (GAS), Toronto Eye To The Sky
2010 North York Central Library, Toronto RoMashx3
2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2015 Hotel Ocho, Toronto Andrew Duff/Andrew Miller - A Wall Hop Event
2015 The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto
2014 It's A Wrap, Pop-up Exhibition, Toronto
2014 The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto
2013 Lazy Daisy Café, Toronto: Stephanie Coveart/Andrew Duff
2013 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2013 Gerrard Art Space (GAS), Toronto Annual Members’ Group Show
2012 Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Art Show, Toronto
2012 SpeakEasy's Spring Art Fair, Toronto
2011 Mercer Union, Toronto PIN UP
2011 Hangman Art Gallery, Toronto The Little Art Show
2011 Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Art Show, Toronto
2011 AWOL Gallery, Toronto Square Foot Show
2011 Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto Barns Art Market
2011 SpeakEasy's Fine Art Show, Toronto
2011 Distillery Historic District, Toronto Distillery Art Market
2010 Mercer Union, Toronto All Inclusive
2010 Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto Whodunit?
2010 Post No Bills: Celebrating the Film Poster, Toronto
2009 Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto Whodunit?
2009 Comrades in Craft, Toronto Craft Show & Sale (co-organizer & artist)
2009 Post No Bills: Celebrating the Rock Poster, Toronto
2008 Comrades in Craft, Toronto Craft Show & Sale (co-organizer & artist)
2001 Workplace, Toronto overtime@workplace
2001 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Miniature Show: An Instant Coffee Project,
Part of Instant Coffee Urban Disco Trailer + Everyone, Present Tense Contemporary Project Series No. 17
2000 Art Metropole, Toronto Gifts By Artists
1999 Free Parking Collective, Toronto Itch Galore
1999 Transform Artspace, Toronto ClearCut
1994 SOD Collective, Toronto Work (co-organizer & artist)
1994 SOD Collective, Toronto Bed (co-organizer & artist)
1993 AKA Artist's Centre, Saskatoon Bookworks
1997 Canada Council for the Arts, Grant for First Production in Media Arts
1995 Digital Media Studios, Toronto - Certificate in Digital Graphic Design and Multimedia
1993 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax - B.F.A. Degree, minor in Art History
1992 Ontario College of Art, Toronto - A.O.C.A. 4-year Diploma, Experimental Arts Department