Adam Wilson (b. 1971, US) is a self-taught emerging painter and conceptual / New Genres artist. His interdisciplinary work (painting, drawing, 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 I. He had hit rock bottom, and lost almost everything, including his life. When his psychiatrist changed his meds, this art started pouring out. He is an emerging speaker on mental illness stigma. 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 LA. To date, he has no art degree. He self-studies art history. His text works are influenced by Wool, Kruger, Holzer, Ruscha, Baldessari, Prince, Nauman, Johns, Twombly, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, and Kusama; his performance works are influenced by Abramovic, Hsieh, Ono, and Kasper. His studio is the hallway of his tiny flat, in the arts district near the Portland Museum of Art in Portland Maine. — Nov. 2018

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 won't find me anywhere else. I'm going to make a cohesive narrative, the rest of my life, and it will be beholden to no one. I just need to make what I feel and see.


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.


(207) 699-9957 or adam.daley.wilson@gmail.com

Notes for Potential Collectors

I want my collectors absolutely thrilled. My collector's page catalogs all of my work, adamdaleywilson.com. For a major text oil, reach me directly -- I offer only 2 to 3 a year, to collectors with strong collections, collaborating on size, layout, more. Current negotiated ranges based on sales to mid-2018 --- large text oils, $18k to $25k --- text oil studies, $6k to $9k --- gestural text works on paper, $1.5k to $4k, installations, $8k to $15k . . . signed prints of certain works, in limited editions of 5, along with video works and performance art documentation, $500 to $8k . . . details at adamdaleywilson.com or adam.daley.wilson@gmail.com.

To date, works are in prominent private and corporate collections in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, San Francisco, more.

Most Recent — By invitation, a featured guest Artist Project, New York, TOAF, Nov 2018 (two large-scale installations, conceptual video, and performance art) . . . Recent group exhibitions . . . --- Some Feelings And Thoughts I'll Have Any Second, New York, TOAF, Nov 2017 (installation and performance art); --- Raw and Refined, London, UK, TOAF, Oct 2017 (paintings and performance art); --- From Stigma And Shame To Recovery And Redemption, New York, TOAF, Jun 2017 (new media, video, and performance art) . . . . Recent New Genres Performance Works --- New York City #1, June 2017; --- New York City #2, June 2017; --- London #1, Oct 2017; --- Venice #1, Oct 2017; --- Portland #1 (May 2017-present); --- Portland #2 (June 2017-present) . . . . 2018-2020 Planned U.S. works and installations: --- We The People (The New Federalist Papers) (85 cohesive text-based works); --- American License (in planning stages, working title).

I have not sought any representation, solo shows, residencies, or similar yet.