DAN ADAMS / SELECTED ARTWORK / BIOGRAPHY / ARTIST STATEMENT / INTERVIEW / PAST EXHIBITIONS
Dan Adams Interview
La Playa Gallery: Hi! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell us your name and where you live?
Dan Adams: I’m Dan Adams and I live in Bay Park, San Diego, California.
LPG: Can you give us a brief overview of the work you create?
DA: I work in oil and acrylics. I have to have an emotional feel for what I paint which usually consist of portraits, animals and still lifes. I have to “want” to paint a subject for myself first, then the viewer.
LPG: How and when did you get started?
DA: I started late, after getting out of school. I saw an exhibit of Toulouse Lautrec at the San Diego Museum of Art around 1975. His biography interested me since I’m of short stature. His paintings affected me like nothing before. I bought a book about him and was hooked. After that I bought many more books about different artists and they became my “teachers.”
LPG: So you have been painting for a long time. What motivates you to create new work?
DA: I get restless if I go a couple of weeks without painting. I’m always thinking about what to paint, but if too much time passes, I have to paint no matter what.
LPG: Is there a specific series you are currently creating and what is the inspiration behind it?
DA: Not right now. I’m mainly interested in making a great painting, at least to me. I’m using subjects that I see and inspire my work.
LPG: What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
DA: My most indispensable item in my studio, besides art supplies, is silence. I then play some jazz music on the radio or from my own collection and begin to paint.
LPG: That’s interesting that silence and music both inspire you to start working. Do you have a routine you follow for creating or only work when inspiration hits?
DA: I wait for inspiration to hit, but as time goes on I am starting to look for ways to speed up the inspiration process.
LPG: Do you collect anything and does it influence your work?
DA: Besides art books, I don’t really collect anything. I just observe everything around me for possible subjects.
LPG: Speaking of art books, what artist or artists have influenced you the most?
DA: I’m very inspired by Toulouse Lautrec, Francis Bacon, Richard Diebenkorn and Julian Schnabel.
LPG: Support for each other is so important. Locally, what artist excites you the most?
DA: Locally I like Anna Zappoli, Dan Camp, James Watts and many other artists that I know or whose works I have viewed.
LPG: Well, thank you for letting us into your creative world. It's been a pleasure and we are really looking forward to featuring your work at La Playa Gallery!
DA: Thanks again for letting me share my work. Looking forward to exhibiting at your gallery!
*** Dan Adams will be one of La Playa Gallery’s featured artists in a group art exhibition on Friday, July 6, 2018 from 5 – 8 pm. The show will run through August 17, 2018. Be sure to check back for more details! www.laplayagallery.com