First Friday Featured Artist – Andrew Stronge

Andrew Stronge was born in Sunderland, England, but moved to the states when he was young.  He always had an interest in art and illustration, and he had creative parents who allowed him to express himself all over his bedroom walls.  At the encouragement of extended family, Andrew went to school for web design and computer programming, but after a few years working in Charlottesville on different UVA department websites, he realized that he was moving too far away from his passion in illustration.  He decided to pursue a job at a local screen printing company where he could use his artistic skills.  He started off doing grunt work around the shop, but quickly moved up in the industry, eventually becoming lead designer and operations manager at one of the larger local screen printing companies. 

graphic art prints by artist by First Friday artist Andrew Stronge

While working full time, Andrew continued to pursue his own art, doing the occasional freelance illustration job or small craft fair, and even illustrated a children’s book called Mathematical Mischief.  A charity event called Screens ‘n’ Suds in Richmond, VA inspired Andrew to combine his skills in illustration and screen printing to create his own screen-printed posters.  His art has always had a strong pop-art inspired style of bright colors and bold lines, and his work in the screen printing industry had perfected his technique.  This medium allowed Andrew to create unique hand made prints of his work that were much more affordable than the hand-painted canvases he had been selling, allowing him to reach a larger audience.  

In 2016, Andrew decided to make the leap to leave his job to pursue Stronge Designs full time.  Andrew now travels all over the east coast to show and sell his work at comic cons, craft shows, and punk rock flea markets.  He occasionally sets up live screen printing events where he can educate people on the process of printing t-shirts and his posters.  When he’s not traveling to a show, he is a stay-at-home dad to his 1-year-old son, Alister, and has turned a passion for collecting vintage toys into a small business called Time Capsule.  Through Time Capsule, Andrew and his wife, Adrienne, sell vintage toys online and in a shop called Oddballs Collectibles in Richmond.  Andrew lives at Lake Monticello with Adrienne, Alister, their two old pugs, and a very large robot and vintage space toy collection, a passion of his that you can see reflected in a lot of his sci-fi inspired work.

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