Adam Reed was born in Atlanta, GA and studied painting at the Atlanta College of Art. He left Atlanta in 2009 and lived in various places before settling in West Virginia. Adam worked as a cartoonist, publishing several graphic novels under the pen-name Kit Roebuck, before shifting his focus to painting in 2016.
Reed's paintings combine classical allusions and traditional oil painting techniques with ready-made and outsider-art aesthetics. Objectively, they are still-lifes, consisting of precariously positioned piles of rags, fabric scraps, flowers, mannequin parts, and animal skulls (which Reed has found in the woods around his home). Viewed through an interpretive lens, however, one can see references to portraiture, landscape, narrative -- playful fantasies cobbled together from objects at hand and carefully rendered in oil.
Often there is humor here, however it is tempered by the often morbid subjects and the austere and meticulous execution. The results are delicate paintings that are at once traditional and contemporary, studied and naive, uncanny and ridiculous.
Selected Exhibitions/Publications/Art Fairs
2022 - The Worm at the Core, Culture Lab LIC, Long Island City, NY
2022 - Superfine DC, Gallery Place, Washington DC
2021 - Superfine NYCx3, 415 Center, New York, NY
2021 - Art Show International - Merit Prize Award Winner, 1st Still Life Juried Art Exhibition
2020 - Book - Credenza: Paintings and Drawings 2016 -2020
2020 - Art Palm Beach, with Steidel Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL
2019 - Red Dot Miami, with Steidel Fine Art, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL
2019 - Superfine! DC, Union Market, Washington D.C.
2019 - Superfine! NYC, 107 Grand Street, Soho, New York, NY
2018 - Superfine! Miami Beach, Art Deco Welcome Center, Miami Beach, FL
2018 - Featured Artist, Friend of the Artist vol. 6
2017 - FRESH PAINT, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2013 - SLURRY, Borderline Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2009 - The Exquisite Corpse Project, Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY
2007 - Group Show, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005 - @L'Avenue, L'Avenue Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2003 - Leaving, Edgewood Lofts, Atlanta, GA
2002 - Small Works, Edgewood Lofts, Atlanta, GA
2001 - Does It Itch?, Czigan-Rummel Gallery, Jacksonville, FL