Born 1986, Salina, KS
Andrew Jilka was born and raised in Salina, KS. He has been employed as a fast food worker, a cigarette warehouse stocker, a furniture deliveryman, a telemarketer, a bartender, and later as an artist’s assistant in New York. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Kansas City, Omaha, Atlanta, and New York. Jilka currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Andrew Jilka’s work is about looking for comfort in the unfamiliar while confronting the uneasiness and dread of the routine. It is an attempt to reconcile his “aw-shucks” plainspoken midwestern Wal-Mart culture with the language of capital P Painting. Jilka thinks of his work as a distillation of collective nervousness, anxiety, and optimism. His bright, colorful compositions use the illusion of logic and stability to ask what painting’s relationship can be to the palpable uneasiness of the present.