About

Adam Wilson (b. 1971, US) is a self-taught emerging painter and conceptual / New Genres artist. His interdisciplinary work (painting, drawing, multi-media, digital, video, performance) addresses issues of power, norms, irrationality, identity, and law. The art started in 2014 at age 42. It comes from his diagnosis of bipolar 1. He had hit rock bottom, and lost almost everything, including his life, after an acute mania followed by a severe depression with suicidal ideations. When his psychiatrist changed his psychiatric medications, this art started pouring out. He is an emerging speaker on mental illness stigma and policy. He is also a Stanford lawyer who clerked for a federal appellate judge in Philadelphia and practiced at international law firms based in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has no art degree to date and self-studies art history. His text works are influenced by Wool, Kruger, Holzer, Ruscha, Baldessari, Prince, Nauman, Johns, Twombly, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, Kusama, and more; his performance works are influenced by Abramovic, Hsieh, Ono, Kasper, and others. His studio is the hallway of his tiny flat in the arts district near the Portland Museum of Art in Portland Maine. He was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of The Institute for Doctoral Studies In The Visual Arts, idsva.edu, in relation to both his art and his art law practice, where he represents fellow emerging artists, creatives, small creative startups, and creative non-profits.

Artist Statement

I make what comes into my mind. I have to, it's my only defense. This is how I survive what I see and feel. I need to make it. I'm no longer scared that it comes fast in natural half-manic highs. I work as hard as I can to learn fast, my voice is becoming mine, I get glimpses of where it could go. I'm not for everyone, but if I'm your fix, you might not find me anywhere else. I'm going to make an experimental narrative, the rest of my life, and it will be beholden to no one. I just need to make what I feel and see.

Education

Self-taught; sculpted and painted sporadically during 20s and 30s; an unexpected explosion of painting and conceptual art starting at age 42, in 2014. J.D., Stanford Law, B.A., University of Pennsylvania.

Inquiries

Please reach me at (207) 699-9957 cell or adam.daley.wilson@gmail.com. I love working with my collectors directly and I want you to be absolutely thrilled.