A well-known and well-loved Surrey-based artist is launching the biggest exhibition of his career. Explore five decades’ worth of Jim Adams' artmaking in Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment. His paintings often combine historical events with speculative futures, real people in imagined situations, and mythological people in contemporary scenarios.
A strong sense of narrative tension infuses Adams’s landscapes and portraits. A Japanese bride is on her way to get married less than a minute after the first atomic bomb is dropped. A contrail is faintly visible in the sky overhead. In another painting, locals enjoy their drinks in a White Rock Starbucks as the blue and red lights of a patrol car are reflected in the window. Adams says, “I’m always looking for the irretrievable moment where you’re committed to the action but the action hasn’t actually happened yet.”
Join us for Jim Adams's artist talk and opening reception on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30pm.
Image credit: Jim Adams, Nighthawks (Homage to Hopper) (1995), acrylic on canvas, 120 cm x 85 cm.
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