By M Sebastian Araujo
The magic of P-town has inspired Artists and other to share the love of the place and that magic of with the rest of the world…Sometimes I find an Artist who has captured that magic and shared it with us in a very wonderful way .Kevin H Adams is such and Artist! Recently I had a chance to find out how he feels about the beauty that surrounds us …
Kevin H Adams is having his first solo show with Julie Heller Gallery, that opens this Friday: September 1 (7-9pm). The show runs from Sept. 1-14 @ 2 Gosnold Street (beach gallery). Go to : https://www.juliehellergallery.com/artistpage to see examples of his work.
What in the world around us inspires you creatively?
It is a combination of things, including the people whose company I am in, but for my art specifically, it has everything to do with light and what happens when it hits a subject — whether it is absorbed by or is reflected off the object that has caught my eye. How to capture shadow and relief, and what they reveal about a subject, is a puzzle that always engages me.
Who is your favorite artist and why?
Winslow Homer was my first hero, because his work was almost always beautiful landscapes. Today, I like the colors used by Milton Avery, Fairfield Porter’s composition and the sense of light in Edward Hopper’s paintings!
How do you feel technology has changed ART?
Access via the Internet to images of art from around the world and from every era is overwhelming. On the one hand, we are exposed to so many more artists and approaches to art than was the case in the pre-Instagram age and that can be empowering, but on the other hand, regional “schools” of art, and the communities of artists that created those schools, are so much harder to generate and sustain when everyone can “be” everywhere at once. On a recent trip to Cuba, I was able to find and contact on line over a dozen Cuban artists whose work spoke to me and arrange to visit them in their studios. In many of those studios, we spent time on iPads looking at art and artists from around the world that inspired them. Technology is immersive, but not selective.
Was there and Aha! Moment when you knew you were and Artist?
Not really. I was encouraged to be creative from the time I was a child and so creating art was always a part of my life. As an adult, I found myself comparing the importance of my time painting to time spent in whatever job I had at the moment, and realized that it was painting that always fulfilled me. When I consciously recognized that I had more to share through my painting then through anything else that I could do, I started thinking of and calling myself an “artist.”
What is it about PTown and Cape Cod that draws creative people to it’s shores time and time again?
The cultural history of Provincetown, and the insular aspect of it being at the tip of Cape Cod, offer both inspiration of place (including natural beauty and extraordinary light), and a strong, supportive arts community. Unlike the Internet, being a part of the art community in Ptown is both immersive AND selective.
For More about Kevin’s Work Click Here:
Gay Street Gallery:
Julie Heller Gallery: Provincetown, MA