Trevor Andrew, better known to some as Gucci Ghost or “Trouble” Andrew, has made recent waves with his entry into the fine art world. Not new to sharing his creative side with the world, Andrew gained a significant following when he collaborated with Alessandro Michele on Gucci pieces in 2o16, after using the globally recognized fashion house’s label in a slew of graffiti tags around New York City. Soon after, Andrew’s work made its way into the gallery space, trading articles of clothing and other unconventional mediums for the more traditional canvas. In the past calendar year, Andrew took part in both the New York and LA renditions of Punch, the attention-garnering and critically acclaimed group exhibition curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch. Andrew is based in Los Angeles, CA, where his artistic output is constantly churning.
When did art first enter your life?
I discovered art when I was 5. My mom bought me a giant roll of paper and pastels, I loved drawing Superman. When I was 7 I started skateboarding- through that I discovered a whole word of art, music, style and way of approaching life.
How did your practice transition from fashion collaborations into the gallery scene?
I think it was a natural transition. I was creating art & imagining concepts for brand collaborations in most cases not on fashion or product to start. Using found objects or paintings to express a concept, then translating those ideas into a product. Doing a gallery show is one less step for me.
What’s a day in the studio like for you?
I usually start with coffee and some research, online, watching VHS movies, books, playing records etc . Usually get into painting, video editing, making clothes, making calls. Kinda jump from one project to another all day long in no particular order.
With so many creative pursuits, how do you find time to focus on one project?
I think a big part of what I do is having 5 projects going at the same time, it’s what keeps things fresh for me otherwise I bored. I’m also a father of 3 now so I’ve become fairly prolific when I have free time to create, no time for procrastination these days.
Is your fine art practice something you intend to continue building up?
Yes I’m always looking for ways to expand and grow, as a person and as an artist. Progression is everything.
You’ve lived and worked on both coasts. How does the art scene differ in LA from New York?
I’ve been moving around my whole life so I love change of scenery and the discovery that comes with new environment. I’m also a bit of a hermit so I would not consider myself too much a part of any scene, my studio is my scene.
We are huge fans of Punch, the vibrant group show currently on view at Jeffrey Deitch LA which Nina Chanel Abney curated. Can you tell us about your work in the show and what it means to be a part of such a prolific group of artists?
It was a total honor to be included. Jeffery is a legend. Punch NY was the 2nd show I ever did besides my first solo in 2016 so it felt special to be embraced by Nina & Deitch and such a brilliant group of artists. Punch LA was super fun for me too, I showed 4 new cowboy paintings that were a bit of a new feeling apart from my previous works shown in NY, that was exciting for me.
What’s next for you?
I’m in the middle of creating a new body of work for my solo as well as another group show I will be curating. I have my “Real buy” clothing line coming out in Jan as well as my online shop that is live now with all kinds of rare things I make, toys, prints & collectibles. I have a animated series “No work City” that I’m working on with my friend Drew Toonz. Doing some new music projects in the works as well as a museum show in Shanghai with Philip Colbert in Feb. probably like 10 other things I’m doing as well but those ones are top of the list rn.
At the end of every interview, we like to ask the artist to recommend a friend whose work you love for us to interview next. Who would you suggest?
Check out my good homie @hidjiworld he going hard rn.