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Run #00520

Cauldron

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Edition Size 40
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TYPE:Archival Pigment Print on 300gsm Museum Natural Fine Art Paper
SIZE:14 x 18 Inches
RELEASE DATE:   Jul 10 2013
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The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 Inch Black Wood Frame with UV-Glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.


"This piece was created in the early months of this year. I really like this piece, especially the composition. It was painted using oil on canvas, pretty much my standard technique. This piece will be in a show opening July 13th at Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles called “Reflections of a New Generation” which includes Joram Roukes, Ekundayo and myself.

This piece is part of a series I am doing that combines history, advertising images, and conventional representations of women. In this painting I completely finished the central figure to a high degree of detail and then destroyed it by pouring thinner on the canvas and scraping off about 90% of what I had done. I then repainted details and destroyed several times, until I had a balance of rendered detail and spontaneous paint marks. It was a painful process; letting go of that finished looking figure painting, but its helping me become a more spontaneous and braver artist." - Adam Caldwell

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Adam Caldwell and 1xRUN.

Adam Caldwell
Oakland, California
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Adam Calwell's paintings and drawings juxtapose elements of abstract expressionism and classical figuration. During his training at the California College of Arts and Crafts, he began to create collage drawings that layered disparate images on top of one another; he now uses oil paint in a similar way, starting with an abstract background and then adding more photorealistic details, allowing the work to dictate its own construction. The resulting palimpsest of figures and abstract shapes represents the conflicted and paradoxical emotions that underlie his work. Adam's paintings evoke the tensions between mind and body, self and other, present and past. They also raise questions about the nature of identity, particularly concerning issues of gender and sexuality. He is deeply concerned about the world around him, and his work reflects his reactions to social issues such as war and consumerism by contrasting images from American advertisements and popular culture with images of rituals from around the world.

The eclectic nature of Adam's work reflects my wide range of interests and influences. His figurative painting and drawing has been influenced by the realistic yet expressive work of Odd Nerdrum, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Antonio López García, Jenny Saville, and Barron Storey, whom he studied under at CCAC. He is inspired by his grandfather, author Erskine Caldwell, and his commitment to representing the unseen and marginalized members of our society. Adam is also heavily influenced by music, movies, and comics, all of which have shaped his identity. He is an accomplished guitarist and martial artist, and these disciplines also inform his artistic perspective.

One of Adam's most important areas of inspiration is the community of artists he surrounds himself with. Painting in particular can be a very lonely and isolating practice, so he makes a point to attend drawing groups as well as share studio space with David Choong Lee. Although the process can be solitary, Adam paints to commune with others and allow them entrance into his interiority.

"Painting connects me to my world and times and culture. I always hope to create work that will invoke in someone else the feelings I have had before great art." - Adam Caldwell
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