Adam Caldwell’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; now he 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.
My 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. I am deeply concerned about the world around me, and my work reflects my 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 my work reflects my wide range of interests and influences. My 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 I studied under at CCAC. Theories of consciousness by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze have also informed my art work. I am inspired by my grandfather, author Erskine Caldwell, and his commitment to representing the unseen and marginalized members of our society. I am also heavily influenced by music, movies, and comics, all of which have shaped my identity. I am an accomplished guitarist and martial artist, and these disciplines also inform my artistic perspective.
Cella Gallery "Art in Review"
Gallery Heist "Now or Never"
Fabric8 "Triproduct" with Brett Amory and David Choong Lee
SOMAarts Gallery Haiti earthquake AIDA RELIEF AUCTION
Cella Gallery "Two by Two"
Thinkspace "There it is" with Seth Armstrong, Brett Amory
"New Beginnings" Space Gallery
"Warhol Reimagined: The New Factory" Warholian.com curated show at Project One Gallery
"LAX/PDX" Together Gallery Portland”
London Miles Gallery "The Next Generation"
Thinkspace "Picks of the Harvest"
Fabric8 "Painted Ladies"
Thinkspace "Love Conquers all"
White Walls 941 Geary S "As They See It"
Heist anniversary show "Till Death do us Part"
Thinkspace “Affordable Art Fair”
White Walls “Art on the Move”
Thinkspace “Picks of the Harvest”
Andi Campognone Projects “OAC Art Auction”
Thinkspace “Born Free”
Modern Eden Gallery SF “Tarot:The Art of Fortune”
Gauntlet Gallery SF “Visions and Reflections”
Gallery 309 Philadelphia “LAX/PHL”
Scope Art Fair Miami
Scope Art Fair NYC
Strychnin Gallery Berlin “LAX/BERLIN”
111 Mina Gallery SF “Empty Kingdon”
Modern Eden Gallery SF “Olympus”
Gallery Lounge solo show
Studio Dada solo show
Gallery Heist "These Fragments" Solo show
White Walls Gallery "Intersection" with Jonathan Darby
Rook and Raven Gallery London “Discovery”
Shooting Gallery SF “Empty Room”
Thinkspace Gallery LA “Reflections of a New Generation”
Thinkspace Gallery LA “Faceblind”
Shooting Gallery SF “History Factory”
Thinkspace Gallery SF (upcoming)