Happy New Year!
I am very happy to announce that I'm starting off 2021 with representation by #Hashtag Gallery in Toronto. I sold a few small paintings through them several years ago as part of a holiday group show and the owner has followed me online since then. I'm very excited to see what this new partnership brings in the future and am looking forward to building a productive relationship with the gallery going forward. If you're reading this and are interested in purchasing any of my work go ahead and check out my Artsy page through #Hashtag.
Happy New Year!
I've been very busy with commissions lately. I recently finished up a VERY big one for a new client in Alabama. It was 60"x30", oil on aluminum composite material (ACM) panel. The painting featured five long-time hunting buddies showcasing an historic pheasant hunt. I started the painting the day after my birthday last year (my birthday is Aug. 2) and didn't complete it until about the first of December. I received the painting scan file today from my friend at Colorchrome in Norcross, GA. Artists, if you need help with scanning/printing your art, contact Melissa! The file scan is amazing and so detailed.
I also was commissioned by the talented Nashville musician Ally Brown to create an album cover for her upcoming release. The drawing was based on Ally's own sketch and done in charcoal and chalk on gray Strathmore paper, mounted to a cradled wood panel. It was a fun challenge and I'm proud of the results. Go find her on social media and give her a follow!
I also did a commission drawing of a dog for one of my wife's coworkers to give as a Christmas gift to her grandparents. And now, I'm planning to start a new commissioned painting for a friend. It will be in the style of my Kitsch Bird series and will feature a cardinal ornament that I've wanted to paint for several years. I'm excited to get started on it this weekend and I'll share it here once it's complete.
If you are interested in commissioning original artwork from me, please get in touch through my Contact page. I check my emails often and will respond quickly.
Happy New Year!
I've been really busy lately with my two jobs and home life, but I have been thinking constantly about what I want my artwork to be (at least within the medium of oil). I think that for too long I've tried too hard to stick to the way I'm "supposed" to paint instead of just having fun and painting what I want to paint. This painting is titled "Why I Still Believe In Magic," and it's a painting of my beautiful wife Randi. I think that my most successful paintings are the ones where I kind of ignore the "rules" and just paint. So this will be my new direction.
This painting is most likely the first in a new series I'm simply calling Magic. I see magic all around us. Love is magic, Joy is magic, the ability to Create is magic, Friends are magic, and obviously Art is one of the oldest forms of magic. To take base ingredients... literally dirt and oil, and smear them with a bit of hair on a stick onto a panel or canvas and breathe life into something that moves people and makes them think and feel?
That must be magic.
I found out over the weekend that my piece Allegory Of Creation placed 4th in the Lore Degenstein Gallery's 9th Annual Figurative Drawing & Painting Exhibition at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania! I'm thrilled and honored to have this distinction bestowed upon my work. I didn't get to attend the opening but from what I've seen online the show looks amazing, and all of the work is very high quality! This show was curated by the talented and wonderful Alia El-Bermani. If you're in the area I would highly recommend checking it out (and send me pictures!).
Last Friday (Feb. 24th) my friend Wendy and I flew to Denver from Atlanta to attend the Sight Unseen opening at the wonderful Abend Gallery. It was a BUSY weekend in Denver.
Our plane landed early (at 8:45 AM) and we walked around downtown Denver for several hours after eating a delicious breakfast at The Delectable Egg, to which Siri dutifully led us. After a few more hours of aimlessly exploring, we finally made our way to our hotel and checked in. Immediately after that my artist friends Foster and Ann picked us up for an unexpected trip.
We drove for a few minutes and ended up at the unassuming studios of master artists Quang Ho and Daniel Sprick (which was a surprise, as A. I'm a huge fan, and B. I didn't know that they shared a studio). It was friendly, fun, and immensely inspiring.
After leaving the studios, Foster, Ann, Wendy, Danielle, and I went to quickly eat dinner, and then go our mostly separate ways to get ready for the opening reception at 6 PM.
Wendy and I walked about fifteen or twenty minutes to Abend from our hotel. The reception was packed and all of the artwork looked wonderful. I finally got to meet Alia El-Bermani who curated the show, and she was lovely, friendly, and grateful for all of the work and commitment that all of the artists put into making the work and attending the opening. I had several conversations with other artists, including the talented Angela Cunningham whose work I've followed for several years. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. I definitely had fun, but by 9:30/10 PM I was about to crash. I'd been up since 2:30 AM Eastern time, and it was now around midnight by that time zone, so I had to regretfully turn down another invitation to Daniel Sprick's place.
Wendy and I spent all day Saturday exploring parts of Denver and then flew back to Atlanta early on Sunday morning. It was an exhausting weekend, but I think that it was well worth the effort. Hopefully I'll get a notice soon that my piece has been sold. Cross your fingers for me!
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I'm thrilled to announce that my piece The Dreamer will be included in the Sight Unseen group show, curated by Alia El-Bermani at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. My drawing will also be in an issue of Poets & Artists magazine (Issue #81). This show will be very interesting as over 80 artists are showing their works, and many of the artists are personal favorites of mine, and some are already friends too. I will be attending the opening on February 24th, and will post some photos from the show here on the News/Blog page.
My friend Troy and I attended our third Portrait Society of America Art of the Portrait Conference, in Atlanta last week/weekend and it was wonderful. We hung out/networked with some old friends and made new ones. This event is always inspiring. It's a conference consisting of some of the most talented artists in the world and a lot of close-knit links extend throughout this community. In the past year alone, Troy and I have both made strong connections and friendships due to meetings made at last year's conference.
In related news I've made some very significant changes in my life in the past week, which will allow me to focus much more time and energy my art career and into creating artwork. I'm very excited about these changes and optimistic about the consequences they will have on my future.
Check back soon for updates!
So I'm happy to say I sold a couple of paintings to a new gallery just outside of San Francisco called Diablo Fine Art Gallery and I dropped them off with my dad to ship. My dad's job entails a lot of shipping large items all over the country so naturally, he was my first choice to ask for help. I'm excited to begin to build a working relationship with the gallery, and I'm hopeful about it's prospects for the future.
In related news, I started a new series that is based on my Sketchbook Project. I'm calling this series Silver & Gold and it will be larger scale (the first piece is 24"x36") drawings on gray paper (the silver), mounted to cradled wood panels, and using genuine gold leaf (um, the gold... obviously).
I'm very excited for the future and ready to get to work on my next piece for this new series! I'll post again very soon.
So I've updated a few minor things on the site recently... mostly adding some artwork. I added a few things to the Miscellaneous and Sketchbook Project tabs on the Artwork page. I'm trying to work on a few pieces to enter in the annual Portrait Society of America competition, and I'm getting really excited about the upcoming conference in Atlanta this April/May. Which reminds me, I need to get my new business cards ordered soon.
Anyways, back to work.
First off, you are obviously reading this, so let me just say "thank you." By now, you've probably figured out that my name is J. Adam Davis and I'm a painter. If you're still interested in what I'm saying then I will now assume that you are either an artist yourself, an art lover, or an insomniac reading random blogs in the middle of the night in an attempt to remedy your condition.
I have another blog which I update sporadically (though I really DO try to be consistent with it) called The Sacred & Mundane which I'd love for you to check out and/or subscribe to.
My plans for this particular blog is to use it to keep fine people like you cognizant of all the goings-on in my tiny corner of the art world. I may also post tutorials from time to time.
If you have requests or ideas for certain types of posts, please feel free to email me using the form on the Contact page.
'til then, cheers!