Through the years, art has been evolving; and many artists driven by the desire to be creatively unique, now enhance their artworks with multisensory components. Andrew Myers, one of the early proponents of multisensory art, invented Screw Art, which are paintings that can be enjoyed not only by the sighted, but by blind visitors as well.
As the art world is now seeing the development of multisensory art museums and art institutes have been exhibiting the screw paintings of Andrew Myers. In a Cantor Art interview, Myers said:
”For me, it is not enough to paint a beautiful figure … or to have the perfect thought to express a feeling.” “In my opinion, an artist is successful if he or she can express a feeling that can make someone think.”
Myers recalled that when his Screw Art first went on exhibit, one of his fondest memories is when he observed a blind man ran his hands over a huge 3-D portrait on which Andrew had spent hundreds of hours adding thousands of pieces of painted screws. Myers said he watched as the man’s blank expression broke into a warm smile, because to Myers, the smile meant the blind man had felt something that other visitors can only see.
What Inspired Andrew Myers to Invent and Develop Screw Art?
Actually, Andrew Myers said he invented Screw Art in 2008, out of necessity. It was the year of the financial crisis when people had stopped buying art. As he was trying to focus on new ideas, he realized that the art market is already full of great painters and sculptors, as well as thinkers. That was when he decided to go forward in his chosen career by becoming all three at the same time.
Since then, Andrew has been making visually appealing paintings, to which he adds a 3D effect by putting in painted screws to complete every artwork. For more than 15 years now, his works can be seen as a collection in art institutions throughout the world, while constantly being featured in major art exhibits.