The Patterns of Eugene Andolsek

June 23rd 2010 - Inspiration

I received an email this morning with a link to the artwork of Eugene Andolsek and was instantly blown away. Eugene was born in 1921, and in the evenings after returning from work, he’d spend hours at his kitchen table drawing these marvelous pieces by hand and then filing them away in a trunk or closet. They were never shown or exhibited until much later in his life when a caregiver came across his work and talent.

Eugene would use pen and ink, a straight and compass, and the colored inks were mixed in eyedroppers to achieve the ultra vibrant effect. Most pieces are around 16″x20″ and I have no idea how long each piece took to create on average. For a more complete biography, please read at the American Primitive Gallery. Find even more (and larger views) or Eugene’s art here.

Here’s just a sampling of Eugene’s art. All images are copyright Eugene Andolsek and American Primitive Art & Bases, Inc.

I would love one day to see these in person. I can only imagine what the texture and line art would look like.

5 Responses to “The Patterns of Eugene Andolsek”

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    Evan Eckard» A look at Eugene Andolsek’s patterns Says:

    […] I did a quick write-up of artist Eugene Andolsek over at His work is extremely impressive, hugely vibrant and pattern-like in nature. He’s been creating art since the early 1950’s, yet none of his art was ever showcased until just recently. He never thought much of his work, and after creating many pieces, he would file them away in a closet or trunk. The tools he used were pen and ink, straightedges and a compas and would mix his colors in eyedroppers. Head on over and read the article. […]

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    amy Says:

    wow! they are beautiful. He is very talented. And what a better way to unwind after work than sitting in front of tv or internet!

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    Pam Mark Hall Says:

    Thank you, Evan for introducing the world to the amazing pen and ink creations of Eugene Andolsek.

    Also, I love the look of your work at the Very Old Grandmother blog.

    You make me smile!

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    MaryMac Says:

    It is a shame that this art was hidden for so long. No more, right? Artists are too often hyper-critical of their works but are seen as nothing short of beautiful at least by the adoring masses.

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