Andrew Youngblood, from Grants Pass, Oregon, makes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and designs theatrical sets. With an upbringing in the backwoods of the rogue valley, he gained an appreciation for the beauty of the natural world, and an urge to capture and visually express the feelings of wonder he experienced while exploring the forest behind his childhood home. In this way, the inner child still thrives in this artist’s work, as he still finds excitement in visually capturing the energy that defines the human experience, whether on the page or the stage.
Andrew has been drawing his whole life, and constantly looks for ways to expand his craft. His interest in theatrical set design developed during his sophomore year of college, when he wanted to give more substance to his work through literary analysis and introspection. His continued fascination with theatre stems from a desire to make sense of the world, highlighting moments on the stage that punctuate the human drama in order to clarify existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. Through his artwork, he seeks to reveal the inherent energy of a place or object and its emotional and spiritual vibrations to resonate with the audience.
Through studying artists like Van Gogh, Al Hirschfeld and Craig Thompson, Youngblood has developed a unique style of drawing which focuses on the energetic presence of the line, and the execution of minute details to create poetically expressive work. With formal training in art and theatrical set design at Southern Oregon University, his works are notable for their presentation, where the empathy for the viewer plays a constant role. This is of great importance and bears witness to his craftsmanship and devotion to process. By choosing mainly formal solutions and utilizing technological and traditional media, he tries to focus on the act of creating aesthetically pleasing pieces, with subtle emotional undertones stitched within.
Andrew Youngblood has received numerous honors for his work at SOU including a certificate of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his set design for the Young Playwrights showcase in the Winter of 2015. He plans on graduating from SOU with a BFA in set design in 2017. He currently lives and works in Ashland, Oregon. Youngbloa@sou.edu