Local artist painter and activist, Andrew Broadbent was the guest on Artists on Art for June 22, 2010.
Two years ago, Andrew moved to Santa Cruz via Berkeley and originally from Greenwich Connecticut. He has been an artist his entire life. You can find some of his paintings below. When he began painting, the themes were apolitical, until recently. A few years back, he was inspired by his work in real estate and watching the big banks going bankrupt. Also, the CEO of Lehman Brothers is from his home town Greenwich, Connecticut. This hit home personally.
This research led him to paint, Unbridled Enthusiasm, an acrylic on canvas depiction of the all the aspects that played a role in the Housing Market’s Collapse. The painting encapsulates his idea of corporate greed.
After which, his research led him to questioning the role of politics and the oil industry in the new painting titled “Profits of War“. This painting has been transferred to t-shirts and available in Santa Cruz at Graffix Pleasure and Streetlight Records.
Andrew spoke of using social networks and platforms to activate people to not only think about our nation’s dependence on oil and also make changes in their behavior. The Pickens Plan intends to break the US addiction to foreign oil. As an example, Andrew put his Pickens Plan Painting on YouTube to reach a greater audience. Andrew is using his own Facebook page in connection to the Pickens Plan Facebook page.
Some achievements that mean most to him was getting T Boone Pickens to personally sign his painting.
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