Hi Andrew, who are you and where are you from?
My name is Andrew Haan and I am an artist/designer living in Los Angeles. Inspired by clean lines, bold colors, geometry, and unique shapes, my work is a direct representation of me. My form of expression. An outlet. My work comes from a necessity to create and a desire to share. From murals to interior home items, my passion to create extends far beyond what I’ve accomplished thus far.
How or why did you become an artist?
As a person, I’ve always been drawn to creativity. Expressing myself through art is what connected me so deeply to what I do. My background is in graphic design and architecture. A compromise of creativity, but also the viability of a reliable career. Or so I thought. After spending about six months in a corporate cubicle, I decided that a typical 9 to 5 wasn’t for me. That’s when I decided to pursue art full time and told myself that I would do whatever it takes to make it my reality. Almost 8 years later, I’ve been blessed with countless opportunities and an even stronger desire to create.
Do you also paint on other media besides canvas?
I’ve found many avenues of creation. My truest passion is my mural work. But as I pursue this creative outlet, I am also continuously try to think of new avenues to explore. Interiors, products, home goods, and more. I’ve still got numerous goals for myself. I am a firm believer that if you are a good person and find true passion in what you do, the opportunities will preset themselves. Keeping working. Keep creating. Keep inspiring.
Do you see yourself as an established artist?
Just beginning. There is so much more I want to accomplish. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and the thought only fills me with more drive and inspiration.
Let’s talk about your current art
My style is deeply inspired by clean lines, bold colors, and interesting shapes. Pattern, repetition, and precision are all staples of my work. What I do blurs the lines between the digital and the hand crafted. One of the biggest compliments I could ever receive is when someone asks if my work has been printed or created by hand (digitally designed, final products executed by hand). As an artist, creativity is what fuels my entire being. My work can move between fine art and commercial spaces. As long as I am creating and bringing a small part of me into the world, I am doing what I am meant to.
What fascinates you most about clean lines and bold colors?
I’ve landed in my style (hard edge, geometric abstraction with a touch of minimalism) as a way of control. I am a structured person by nature so I’ve always gravitated to clean lines, shapes, and the repetition of pattern. It’s my way of controlling my life and what’s going on around me. It centers me and grounds me in a place of self. No matter whats going on, I know that I can control what I create and that in turn helps me feel more grounded.
What have you learnt as an artist?
True creativity comes from passion and belief in what you do. Love what you do. Be a kind human being. Put out positivity and the world will repay you with opportunities. Keep working and one day the right people will start to take notice and you’ll find your own little space in the vast creative landscape. If you believe wholeheartedly in what you do, your time will come. Don’t give up. You have to actively tell yourself each day that you are talented and what you do is valid. It can be a struggle at times, but it’s all worth it. Put yourself out there. CREATE what you love.
What setting do you need to be creative and inspired?
My ideal setting is in my home studio, late night or early morning. Me, my work, a podcast and an idea.
Speaking of inspiration, who inspires you the most? Do you role models?
In a broad sense, any creative person who is unapologetically pursuing their dreams. Someone that is making a living doing what they love. That’s what inspires me. Of course there are artist and creators that i follow and admire, but it’s more about seeing how they have turned their work into a career. It gives me the motivation to achieve that for myself, in my own way.
Which projects would you like to realize in the future?
Working with known brands to create mural projects and other installation projects. To be able to travel all over the world to create murals and bring my happiness to others, to make my impression on the world.
In retrospect: Would you do everything the same way again?
I would have trusted myself more from the beginning, shedding that shyness and fear that got in the way for so long. I would have told myself to keep creating and that no idea is bad. What you are making doesn’t have to be perfect to be seen. Be vulnerable and open and the opportunities will come.
Do you occasionally need a break from your work?
Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate myself creatively. It’s not an on/off switch. There are times when the creativity is there and you can’t force it or the final result will reflect that. My motivations comes from allowing myself those times of pause. You don’t have to always create. By taking the time to step back and reflect, you are opening yourself up to new ideas. With those new ideas the motivation can continue to flow.
Do you have a favorite piece of art?
A piece that will always hold a special place in my heart is the first mural project that I ever executed on my own. It was for a Yoga studio here in Los Angeles and there were a total of 10 murals across the entire space. Weeks before the project started I was terrified. I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew. But the moment I got into the space, all that went away and I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was hooked. And that is why that project will always hold a special place for me. It was the entry point into that I do now as an artist.
Is teamwork with other artists a thing?
I have worked with others in the past and look forward to doing more of it in the future. I tend to look inward when I work and can almost cut myself off. My goal for this year is to be more open to meeting other artists and seeing what I can learn from those experiences.
Have you exhibited in art galleries?
Yes I have. Has been a few years as my creative focus has shifted a bit, but I would like to make a bigger emphasis on gallery work.
My goal is to be an artist that supports themselves doing what they love. To be able to travel the country/world and spread creativity through my work. To reach new audiences. To make an impact as little or as big as its meant to be as long as I make one. To achieve this, I am going to keep doing what I do and trusting myself. In this practice, I know whats meant for me will come and I will have the opportunity to achieve all of my goals.
I guess I will use this time to say thank you for offering a platform for artist to access a new audience. (David reached out over on instagram). I love nothing more than what I do as an artist and still pinch myself whenever I get a chance to express it. Thank you for offering a platform to do so.
Thank you for the interview, Andrew.
Andrew Haan (Haanmade) ★ Artist resume
Over the course of my still growing artistic career, I have been fortunate to have had numerous opportunities to work as a full-time artist. From murals and branding to art installations and home goods, I want to share my work in any way that I can. My inspiration is strong and my intentions are true. As long as I am able to create, I am connected to my authentic self.