Breaking the Artwork Stereotype

An example of Andrew's artwork on a pair of shoes.

A Townsville artist is breaking the boundaries with his paints and pens by sketching his artwork onto everyday items.

By Madeline Whiting

Breaking the Artwork Stereotype

Artist Andrew Huxley, an avid drawer since grade three, has turned his hobby into a business after being recognized by James Cook University scouts when he was 17.

Andrew stumbled upon his popular creations by accident after growing tired of his plain white work shoes.

“It was actually a bit of a joke,” Andrew says.

“I had to have closed in shoes for one of my jobs and I chucked on a pair of these white plain canvas shoes.

“I just thought ‘oh y’know whatever.

“They’re plain, they’re fine, they’re ordinary’.

“After a week or so of wearing them I just thought ‘y’know, I could draw on these’.”

An example of Andrew's artwork on a pair of shoes.

Talented: Andrew’s colourful artwork on a pair of shoes.

It soon became obvious that ‘object art’ could become a phenomenon.

Andrew has hosted sold out workshops where he teaches enthusiasts how to draw on everyday items such as skateboard decks, shoes, motorbike helmets, hats and lamps.

His self-funded business, HEC Art is becoming a local sensation.

A small group of artists have taken a liking to Andrew’s artwork and have begun collaborating to recreate their own artwork onto items.

Fellow artist Kieran Archer says he is more than impressed with what his friend and colleague Andrew has done with his artwork.

“I think he’s done a great job in creating art that everyone can enjoy, as well as making it something usable that can be enjoyed much more than art hung in a gallery or on the wall at home,” Kieran says.

“Plus he’s identified and supplied to a niche market that really capitalizes on the desire within many to show their individualism, especially with every piece he does being unique and not just mass produced pop art to cash in.”

Andrew will be holding more workshops in the future and hopes to bring out his own website soon to sell his preexisting artwork and to reach a much broader audience.

“I’m getting more serious now with an online store that I want to bring out,” he says.

“The end game of course is having a shop where I can sell it [artwork] and also where I can teach it.”

Some of Andrew’s artwork on shoes can be seen at stores Jay Jays and Novo in Townsville.

To see more examples of Andrew’s art and to keep updated on upcoming workshops,   like his Facebook page HEC Art.