Steve Adair is a visual artist living and working in Rogers, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art Education. His work blends together his personal interest in abstraction, experimentation, play, and working within the moment. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions throughout Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana and Colorado. Recent solo exhibitions include Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL, Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, TX, Matre Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR. His work can be viewed in corporate and personal collections across the South, including the Carter Center, in Atlanta, GA. In addition to exhibiting, Adair works as an art educator, working with incarcerated youth for the Division of Youth Services. His work can be viewed in many galleries located within and outside the Natural State.
My recent canvases and works on paper are reminiscent of Old Hollywood, with a nod to historic American pop culture, executed in a modern approach. The end result is an aesthetic that echoes vintage signage, billboards, and other ephemera. I view the painting process as a building up of layers, which tell a story through disparate images, text, and other iconography. I have recently started experimenting with silkscreen printing methods, which have allowed me to further explore merging layers and creating composition within the work. The works themselves are rooted in found imagery, including film stills, magazine advertisements, and other various source material. I am propelled in my creative process by discovering and reinterpreting the histories and stories behind these visual emblems of times past.
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