Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 36″
Human beings have endured countless terrible, tragic, even horrific devastation, injustice and hostility in our history. War, famine, plague, holocausts, natural and man made catastrophes, to name a few. However, I believe the key to our survival lies in evolutionary empathy. This inherent trait empowers us to be in tune with the emotional states and goals of others, which in turn allows us to effectively cooperate. In other words, the ability to emotionally connect with someone else’s experience is favored by nature. We continue because we care.
Andrew Groth is a painter, sculptor, portraitist and musician, living and working in the Treasure Valley. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, Andrew uses relatable, iconic imagery to create content which is dynamic, mostly humorous and sometimes unsettling. His subject matter includes the people, pets and places around him and, being a true narcissistic product of the 80’s, Andrew most often places himself as the focus. His works, “You Will Listen” and “Altruism” were inspired by current events and conditions and his belief in evolutionary psychology.