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 Adam Bradley Williams  (1979 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida/Ohio      Known for: abstraction, portrait, human issues

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Adam Williams is of Caucasian/Native American descent. He was raised by his father who was in the Air Force.

Adam became aware of his love for art when he was six. He graduated from the school of Berean Christian Academy, and attended one year at their College.

Having a concern for the poor he left in hopes of making Jacksonville a better art scene, and to help his mother and sister out financially. He has shown in Reddi-arts, and has donated some work for a student College funding gallery named H.E.R.O.E.S. He is now 21 years of age.

His works consist of Primitive Euro-Afro-and Native American aspects. His work is a combination of Classical Images, Graffiti Art, and Abstract Expressionism. He also dabbles with impressionism and cubism.

On his off time this Contemporary artist works on his writing. Poetry books "Strips of Sahara" and "A Channel of Light" will be published in the next year.
He is hoping to win the Walt Whitman Award for new poetry book in 2002.

Adam hopes to bring an Impetus of sublime and Beautiful aesthetics into a style that is totally original in concept, but borrows deeply into various "collective" styles.

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, a town he regards as racist, for the past eleven years has not settled well with Mr. Williams. Nauseated with the White Supremacy that he perceives there, he chooses to go to Seattle to make a better home for himself. He has sold several pictures to collectors in Seattle, and a few in Jacksonville.

Plans for the Future: To bring today's society into a more Spiritualistic ideal without destroying the most needed foundations of Important Religious Groups or infringe on those who choose not to participate in often Corrupt

To bring a new, and needed desire for unity in America.

To Fight against bigotry, and Bring art back to it's rightful prominent
role in American Society.

Artists who inspired Adam Williams are: Basquiat, Pollock, Picasso, Christian
Pierre, Marvin Wise, Chagall, Degas, and Bonnard. Also Classical painters such
as Michelangelo and so on.

Adam Williams currently spends his time working in Seattle Washington
and Jacksonville Florida.

Using all mediums, his object is to create an immediate expression of what he sees, using a technique he calls " Random transcendence" much like Basquiat, his work comes out of the Subconscience, but there are no
enhanced motivations from any outside source (drugs) other than what's in the artist's mind telling his hand and body what to do.

Deriving from surrealism, abstract surrealism, and abstract expressionism his work relates to the human psyche to make abstract personal and social statements.

He maintains an almost modernistic universal approach to artwork which separates him from post modernism. Yet he uses popular and personal subject matter, such as the Chair, or perhaps landscapes, scrawling Names in the memory, to grab the viewers attention.

Often referencing post modernism, his work then becomes an impetus to destroy that which becomes old, while homaging it, going on looking for something more immediate and yet universal.

While his work to some may look figurative, it actually becomes of itself in a narrative of different erasures, and pentimento techniques. Thus Creating a strong since of color and movement in his artwork.


The Terrible thing about Adam's work is that he becomes arrogant. Like an old Picasso his Tenacious behavior gets to him. As with the Chair paintings, "Bernadette Yawning" is a suprisingly brilliant piece, until you realize what it is at a close up level.

Sloths of color painted on by hand, colors that contrast, colors that hurt my eyes. With all those Cy Twombliesque swirls it makes me wonder what drug he was on.

Although as the artist clearly states that he detests the use of drugs for
stimula. He says "I prefer the dazzling concepts of my own enlightenment, or inspiration. My work is considerably heroic, and I don't believe taking drugs to produce thousands of paintings is really heroic. I thank Basquiat for his Random Subconscience, but I do away with the drug use, because I don't have that hang up."

Some work, which I have no photographs of, are garish and white, really white, with a striking contrast sticking out like a sore thumb. Obviously Referencing the banal Schnabel, Adam Decided to throw in plates for three dimensional effect. He also bounces the eye with a De Kooningesque conception. He often rights names of friends left behind, for a supposed "sentimental" feel.

I can appreciate Adam's work for what it is, He believes in the immediacy of a
painting. Like Basquiat he'll use anything that is available, doors, chairs, boards fences. You name it. But his work attacks the abstract, and the figure. Incredibly inspired by Post modernism and Neo Expressionism, the artist remarks.

"Every Good thing must end. But there is always a continuance. There is always a referencing of work and past artist's, and I believe that there must be a succession to keep the Abstract alive, those innovations, and those choices, and those mistakes. But it's time, I believe that we lose our irony and grow it into something else. Perhaps that of a more straightforward Joke, than that of irony.

Therefore as Schnabel Referenced dead artists to acknowledge their accomplishments, honor their life, and their deaths, I do the same for post modernism.

Although Post modernism will go on forever, like modernism, I have to erase it to come up with something new. And I'm not sure what that is yet, but it's heroic, powerful, universal and I hope Funny."

Written By William Bradon
Copyrighted 2002

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