Eugene Andolsek


Colored markers and graph paper.
26.5″ x24″

( b. 1921) For fifty years Eugene Andolsek had a secret life creating drawings with vibrant colors and linear complexity in his free time.The pictures have elaborate layered patterns that can be kaleidoscopic with the radiance of stained glass and the complexity of oriental carpets and molecular structures. Surprisingly the pictures were never displayed on his walls nor exhibited.  Once completed the pictures held no interest for Eugene and were put in the closet or a trunk. In fact Eugene did not think of himself as an artist nor see any value in what he created beyond the desire to draw them each evening. His drawings gave him a means to cope with his insecurities and dislike for his job as a stenographer for the Rock Island Railroad. Concentrating on the intricacies of each drawing would release him from worries and make his humble surroundings disappear as he withdrew into his self made world of dazzling colors and the space he created on graph paper. It was only after a caregiver at a retirement home saw his art work and recognized their uniqueness that they were brought to the attention of the director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.