Andrew Englander’s distorted paintings offer a new perspective on the still-life genre

“If you’ve ever disassociated, the space around you can really start to feel shifty,” says the New York-based artist, whose paintings represent the human variation in perception.

13 October 2022


Looking at Andrew Englander’s paintings, there’s sure to be a few things you recognise from your daily life: a pair of Nike trainers, a Bic lighter, an Apple iPhone and a pair of toenail clippers, for example. What isn’t so recognisable, however, is the distorted perspective of Andrew’s pieces. This is because, while Andrew paints scenes from the everyday, he compresses and distorts them to “mimic our own various mental distortions – the way a memory can change in subtle ways every time you recall it or simply how your mood can influence the way you see”, he says.

Taking immediate inspiration from the things he loves – books, music, skateboarding and basketball – Andrew’s creativity is triggered by “things that can transport you to other worlds”. To make his mesmerising paintings, he uses a hybrid of digital and analogue approaches. First, he utilises an iPad app to make gestural sketches, to which he then traces and paints with acrylics and airbrush. We simply can’t get enough of his wobbly scenes.

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Olivia Hingley

Olivia (she/her) joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in November 2021 and soon became staff writer. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English literature and history, she’s particularly interested in photography, publications and type design.

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