After leaving the British Army, Andrew Oatham commenced his career in the UK as a visual artist, specialising in Photography and High-End Digital Retouching for major UK and Australian magazines. Andrew is known for his unique and often glamorous style, which sometimes portrays underlying social commentary or a distinct 'visual twist'.
In addition to the ever popular mainstream photographic fashion and corporate styles, Andrew has created a range of niche photographic concepts including the instant hit 'Twisted Pictures', where people opt to have a portrait as their twisted 'alter-ego', be it a vampire or bloody brain-holding knife-wielding housewife. Families can dress up in their favourite costumes to create a unique family portrait that gives a photographic experience they will never forget, whilst creating a true work of alternative art they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Before Zombies were a socially acceptable daily occurrence on everybody's TV, Andrew created the famed 'Girls of the Zombie Army' which showcases a smorgasbord of beautiful sword fighting Zombie killers. Due to the popularity of the dog tags given to models for the shoots, the spin off 'Zombie Dog Tags', was born. Zombie Dog Tags is the hugely popular dog tag company in which Andrew designs and creates Zombie-related dog tags, bringing back the 'Australian Made' individually crafted traditions that many companies have abandoned for cheaper, overseas factory outsourcing. Zombie dog tags are developed from USA-made, hand anodised aluminium dog tags, then individually crafted and diamond-drag engraved in Melbourne, Australia. To make the Dog Tags unique and of the upmost quality, some tags are engraved up to 4 times on each side.
Even before attending Art and Design college, art has always been a vital factor in Andrew's life. Andrew created the famed 'For the Love of Tiffany', the colourful pop art mixed media art pieces created with acrylics and layered spray paint. Each art piece is unique, with the colours being decided on each design according to the randomly created base colour or effect. Andrew has since returned to his 'dark side' with his alternative art concept creations. These are designed and created digitally by composing pieces of scanned vintage medical and historical etchings in his own unique blend of creativity. The artworks combine to create one dramatic final image which have proven to be extraordinarily popular since their release. With colour quality and longevity being of the utmost importance, Andrew produces all digital artworks and photography prints in-house, on his own 'Museum Quality' large format industry printer.
In December 2011, with the aim to expose niche art and photography (by himself and with different artists from around the world), Andrew opened his gallery and creative workspace 'Soho Studios' located in Abbotsford, Melbourne.