May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Walt Disney World Resort is a part of the celebration.
Disney Springs’ Art Walk at the Walt Disney World Resort is a welcoming exhibit of works that showcases both local artists and artists from around the world. The pieces along the Art Walk include bright colors that evoke emotions and capture the spirit of the cultures represented by each artist.
Disney Springs recently announced the addition of a new work of art by artist Andrew Hem that is included as a Canvas of Expression in the “A World of Voices” segment of the Art Walk. Hem’s new piece is a celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney Springs and captures the beauty, contributions, and culture of the AAPI heritage.
Per the Disney Springs website:
Born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia, Andrew Hem grew up poised in the divide between 2 cultures—the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors and the dynamic urban arts of his tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Fascinated by graffiti at an early age, he honed his skills on city walls before pursuing a degree in illustration from the Art Center College of Design.
Working in gouache, oil, and acrylic, Andrew weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues, deep reds, and splashes of golden light. His haunting impressions of culture and landscape evoke liminal spaces, such as the manifestation of memories and dreams. Concerning this project, Andrew took inspiration from the joyful setting around him: “I just wanted to paint my happiest place.”
Take a look below to learn more about the artist Andrew Hem and his contribution to the Disney Springs Art Walk at the Walt Disney World Resort: