Patrick Adams

 

STATEMENT

I have been painting images of the landscape for over twenty years now. I want my paintings to convey a sense of the majesty of the natural world through the poetry of paint. However, I am not interested in simply producing a painting with a likeness to a particular place. What does interest me is expressing the experience of a place; or, perhaps I should say, its essence. This is why I return to the same handful of places over and over again. These places are inexhaustible sources of inspiration because each experience of them is unique. I want to convey the experience of being in this vast, ever-changing space of light and form.

Painting is a focusing and sculpting of light; and light (interestingly) is the one thing we experience that is outside of time—that is, light does not age. I want my paintings to somehow convey that sense of eternity. My work begins in the observable world, but attempts to go beyond the surface of things. I want to get inside them. This kind of seeing is not straightforward or simple. I begin a work on the assumption that I am impaired by blindness, and the painting process is the cure for this infirmity—the means by which I acquire true sight. I would describe this process as bumbling around in the dark. I even try to deliberately frustrate my progress, using awkward pastry brushes and palette knives. I change the direction, color, composition, and manner of paint application constantly, and overwork my paintings to nearly (and sometimes beyond) the point of no return. This is all in an effort to keep myself guessing and groping around in the work to find my way forward. This process builds a very tactile and layered surface, which to me is as important as the image. I am never satisfied if a painting is too easy or controlled (contrived)—I would have to mess it up and start again. It is this process of repeated failures and false starts that I find creates any real poetry in my work.

RESUME

Education

Master of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Winona State University, Winona, MN, 1989

Awards/Fellowships/Scholarships

Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 2000

Al Smith Fellowship/Professional Assistance Award, Kentucky Arts Council, 1998

Teaching Assistantship/Full-Scholarship, University of Kentucky Art Department, 1990-92

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Patrick Adams: New Work, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK

2016   

The Many and the One, Evansville Museum of Art, Science, and History, Evansville, IN

In Two Worlds, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY   

2015

Elemental Signs, Apostles Anglican Church, Lexington, KY                      

In Two Worlds, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012               

The Elements, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK

Of Water and Spirit, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY

2010               

New Work, Gallery One, Nashville, TN

2009               

Heaven and Earth, Z. T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

2008               

Outside Looking In, Chapman Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY