Born in 1982 - Cambodia
biography under completion
Raised as the child of Cambodian immigrants in Los Angeles, Andrew Hem’s illustrative paintings bridge disparate aesthetic influences as well as cultural touchstones and sensibilities. Hem’s paintings typically highlight an individual within a group of figures, homing in on the one person who is often somberly staring out from the canvas. Using a cool palette in which the colors do not quite match up with the real world, the artist creates somber moods in illusionistic spaces set at a remove from reality. Although his color scheme—with its supernatural rendering of the natural world—elicits comparisons to impressionism, Hem also echoes graffiti art based on his straightforward and illustrative rendering of figures and space, as well as allusions to street culture, art, and fashion.
2016 Ghosts of things to come, Pretty Portal, Düsseldorf, Germany
2015 believe it, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 16 Bars, Spoke Art Fair/Thinkspace, New York, NY
2014 Dream but dont sleep, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Cold Waters, Lebasse Projects Gallery, Culver City, CA
2010 One Leads to Another, Lebasse Projects Gallery, Culver City, CA
2009 Culture Clash, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Brighter Days, Thinkspace Gallery, Silverlake, CA
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