Artist Profile – Marina Adams
Marina Adams is an abstract painter renowned for her large-scale works that explore the dynamics between shape and color, geometric compositions and their intense energy.
Her paintings draw on cultural practices from various countries and traditions such as music, textiles and carpets, utilitarian tribal objects, illuminated Coptic manuscripts and Islamic ornaments – which in turn influence her choice of paint colors as she weaves her personal experience with Modernism’s legacy.
Early Life and Education
Marina Adams received both her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University Philadelphia, PA and MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts New York. She currently resides and maintains studios both in New York City and Parma Italy.
At once structured and spontaneous, she creates vibrant acrylic on linen works that combine structure with improvisation. Soft undulating forms drift across their surfaces creating an alluring rhythm between line, colour and form.
Her compositions are an exploration into the secret origami of color theory, where organic forms of her favorite hues interlock to form unexpected combinations that evoke mood.
Charcoal allows her to establish the spaces on her canvas directly, which allows for directness when painting her work. She leaves drips of color at the edges to track her movements – in stark contrast to many ‘concrete’ painters who cover them up completely.
Adams’ paintings are filled with vibrant colors and sensual shapes that evoke landscapes or bodies. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2016, citing Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell among her inspirations.
Her work uses vibrant hues of blue, green and orange in richly saturated patterns that pulsate with energy like great music. Inspired by music, architecture and textile design she strives to express color’s full potential through her work.
Artist and art educator, she has held exhibitions worldwide including in the US, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. She received both the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship as well as the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Achievement and Honors
Marina Adams is an accomplished artist known for her vibrant and expressive paintings, earning recognition through awards such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
At Salon 94 in New York; Galerie Gris in Hudson; and Magazzino d’Arte Moderna in Rome she has held solo shows. Additionally her artwork can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide.
Her current solo show titled ‘Anemones” can be found at Salon 94 Bowery in New York City. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at Borough of Manhattan Community College as well as having studios in Bridgehampton, Long Island and Parma, Italy.
Marina Adams is an accomplished painter working between New York City, Bridgehampton Long Island, and Parma Italy. She graduated with her BFA from Tyler School of Art Temple University Philadelphia PA and later earned an MFA at Columbia University New York NY.
Her paintings incorporate vibrant hues to form biomorphic forms that undulate with energy. She uses textile design motifs, architecture designs, and postmodern poetry in her abstract compositions that immerse viewers into kaleidoscopic worlds of vibrant hues.
She has also created a series of gouaches on Indian paper that blur the boundary between positive and negative space, which have found homes in several museum collections including that of Modern Art Museum Fort Worth and Longlati Foundation Shanghai – she currently holds the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship award.
Marina Adams hails from Orange, NJ and currently works and resides in both New York City and Parma, Italy as a painter. She earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art Philadelphia and Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University New York City.
Her work has been displayed at museums and galleries throughout the US and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Salon 94 in NY (2017); Galerie Gris, Hudson NY in 2013 & 2015; Marina Adams: Coming Thru Strange at Hionas Gallery NYC (2013); CUE Art Foundation NYC in 2008 as well as The Nature of Line at Magazzino d’Arte Moderno Rome Italy in 1997 (1997) – not to mention numerous group shows she participated in as well as membership with Society of Independent Artists.