Andrew Bolam was born in Northern England in 1971. He studied Graphic Design at the Newcastle College of Art. In 1991, he relocated to southern California working as a freelance illustrator until 1996 when he moved to Lake Tahoe to pursue his interest in painting full time.
The West has emerged as a consistent theme in Bolam’s work, which has traveled an intuitive and broad path over the last 17 years. Andrew Bolam views the American West through the lens of a young English boy fascinated with cowboys and Indians. As an adult, he has travelled extensively across the west, broadening his appreciation and encouraging his passion for that which makes western culture and themes so uniquely beautiful.
Bolam’s paintings are part homage, part deconstruction, and part personal meditation. By presenting familiar traditional western subject matter in a straightforward modern way, Bolam encourages the viewer to consider western icons as important emblems of pop culture.
He strives to present the simplest possible expressions of complex ideas. His paintings are thoughts and inspirations that have been distilled in the artists mind, filtered through his imagination and finally expressed on canvas. With bold and sophisticated color palettes, Andrew creates paintings that are powerful and striking.
Andrew lives and works in Truckee, California with his wife and fellow artist Annie Hooker. They share their home and studio with their 4 adopted dogs and one very dangerous cat.
Competitions and Shows
Arts For The Parks Top 200
Home For Pronghorn – Grand Tetons 16×32
Remnant – Canyon De Chelly 16×32
Teton Travelors – Grand Tetons 14×28
Cape Royal Sunset – Grand Canyon 12×42
American Artist – Realism Today, October 2000, Finalist – Landscape Painting
Longtime Companions 30×18
Randy Higbee Gallery 6×6 Show- 2010- Best in Show
Randy Higbee Gallery 6×6 Show- 2011- Honorable Mention
Randy Higbee Gallery 6×6 Show- 2012- Best In Show
One Man Show – Small Paintings 1998 -2010
One Man Show – 2009 to 2011:
Mountain Trails Gallery – Park City
One Man Show – 2011:
Mountain Trails Gallery – Jackson Hole
Tahoe Quarterly – Fall 2002
American Artist – October 2000
Western Art Collector – February 2009
Western Art Collector – March 2011
Western Art Collector – July 2011