There’s a melancholy story behind Andrew Huffman’s “Modulated” series of vibrant abstract paintings. They were inspired by a headdress that Huffman gave to his beloved sister Rachel, who had moved to Berlin, Germany in 2012. The headdress was returned to him after she died four years ago.
“I framed the headdress so it wouldn’t get destroyed,” Huffman says. “I decided to investigate its underlying structure. It was woven together kind of like a lawn chair, a place of resting.”
Works from Huffman’s “Modulated” series are on display in the show “Modulated: Color and Structure” that opens on August 24 at David Richard Gallery.
A fan of video game graphics who was a student of painting and printmaking at Columbus College of Art and Design and earned a master’s degree in painting at the University of Kansas, Huffman has a solid background in mechanical drawing and drawing from the figure.
During his freshman and sophomore undergraduate years, he painted with saturated colors in a fairly loose style. His body of work included some very abstract landscape paintings. By the time he was a junior in college, he started working in a tighter manner.
“I wanted to challenge myself to think about the structure of a painting,” he explains.
Huffman prefers working with a square, rather than rectangular, format. “What I like about the square is that there is no hierarchy,” he says. “It’s a democratic shape. No line, no shape and no color is more important than any other one in the painting.”