Adam Christopher 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.
Reed began his current body of work in late 2016. These paintings employ two strategies. First, a still-life is assembled from a small group of objects, of which animal remains, found in the forests near Reed’s home, feature prominently. These objects are arranged and framed in the paintings such that the perceived (or projected) personalities of the subjects are reinforced. Semi-theatrical backdrops and lighting enhance the effect. The broad cartoonishness of the perceived subject often lends the arrangements a note of humor, the tone of which is darkened when the context reasserts itself after the initial impression.
The paintings are then executed using traditional oil painting techniques which are often subverted by the use of bright, saturated, and fauvist color schemes. The artificiality of the colors denies the illusion asserted by the traditionalist under-painting and drag the image back toward the picture plane. The resulting pictures oscillate between classical and contemporary, practiced and naive, still-life and portraiture, severity and ridiculousness.
Selected Exhibitions/Publications/Art Fairs
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