Several days ago a distinguished member of our art family experienced every artists’ nightmare: Andrew “Android” Jones’ studio burnt to the ground in a devastating fire. The studio, built by Andrew’s father, was separate from his home and contained all of his computers, back-up files, printers, sketchbooks, business records, traditional paintings and drawings, and his library. Thankfully Andrew and his family are safe, but everything in the studio was lost.
As one of the world’s most innovative artists—someone who was a leader of the “immersive experience” so popular today with his projections on the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and at Burning Man, someone whose innovations with Painter and Photoshop pushed the boundaries and possibilities of digital art—Android’s loss is a loss for us all.
Andrew has started a GoFundMe (which you can go to via this link) to help him raise funds to rebuild. He talks about it in this video:
Kind, thoughtful, deeply spiritual, and giving of his time and knowledge to others, Android Jones has always been a force for good in our community. If you’re able to donate anything at all to help he and his family recover from this horrific event, please do.
What a horrible thing to happen. Every artists worst nightmare! Since Andrew’s art is mostly digital, I hope he had offsite backups of his work.